It’s quite difficult to expand a structure when there’s no available space anywhere around it. However, when you can’t build horizontally you look up and find inspiration. The answer is sometimes obvious: build vertically and just add a few more floors. In fact, there are quite a few interesting buildings that have rooftop additions. But that’s not exactly what interests us right now. The topic of the article relates to architecture with glass roof designs and extensions. These extensions have unique characteristics and each one is meant to interact with the history of an existing landmark.
Located in Hamburg, the new Elbphilarmonie is a structure designed and built by Herzog & Meuron. It will officially open to the public on the 11th and 12th of January 2017. The structure is organized into two sections. The lower section has a more solid appearance while the upper part is appears to be more lightweight and delicate. This is due to the fact that glass was used for the facade. As expected, the views from the rooftop are amazing.
The Metropolis Centre is located in Bucharest, Romania. It was completed in 2010 by Bureau XII and it’s a pretty eclectic building from several points of view. First of all, it houses an office area, a hotel and a retail space. In addition, its design is a mixture of old and new. The glass extension stands out by contrast and beings out the historical beauty of the structure.
The old part of the project includes an existing structure which functioned as a print house and which was built at the end of the 19th century. The architects had to expand it and to integrate a new volume, a lot of importance being given to the interaction between the two styles and the contrasts created.
When renovating the Wilhe lminian-times house in Vienna, Austria, Josef Weichenberger Architects were also asked to give the building a rooftop extension. They chose to use glass for the new section in order to expose the panoramic views but also to allow the contrast between the two parts of the building to be visually-pleasing. The upper levels offers an open atmosphere and were designed in a similar architectural style to that of the existing building.
Canadian Museum of Nature
This is the Canadian Museum of Nature and its bases were put in 1912 when the original building was completed by David Ewart. However, shortly after that, the stone tower started to sink into the ground and had to be removed. The building was recently renovated and a contemporary extension was added.
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