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A MATERIAL APPROACH Retain / Restore / Re-imagine by Annalie Riches, Mikhai...

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Sto Werkstatt invites you to the third lecture in its ongoing series focusing on architects’ use—or re-use, as is the case here—of materials. Careful re-use lies at the core of the design philosophy behind Mikhail Riches’ refurbishment of the acclaimed Brutalist masterpiece Park Hill in Sheffield for developer Urban Splash.

As the bulldozers move in on Robin Hood Gardens in east London, Mikhail Riches’ contrasting approach to Park Hill retains as much of the existing building as possible to preserve the embodied energy within the concrete structure and to retain and upgrade much of the existing fabric, which could otherwise go to land­fill.

This edition of A Material Approach will see Annalie Riches (Architect and Co-Founder of Mikhail Riches) explore the challenges of using, preserving, adapting and modernising a 1960s icon. It’s a material transformation both in the physical form and identity of Park Hill that will impact on the rest of the city and its inhabitants.

Formerly social housing built by Sheffield City Council, Park Hill was initially a success, but a number of factors led to its decline. It was saved from demolition when it was listed at grade II* in 1998. Urban Splash took on its refurbishment and Phase 1 by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West is now complete and occupied. Urban Splash held a competition for Phase 2 of the work, which Mikhail Riches won in 2015.

A MATERIAL APPROACH is series at Sto Werkstatt spotlights the relationships between architects and materials. Each edition offers a fascinating insight into the mind of an architect and their creative process – how decisions are made around the specification of materials and how architecture informs and is informed by particular qualities of materials. Sto Werkstatt is an architects’ testing ground for a wide variety of building products and surfaces and the Sto team offer technical and creative support for architectural projects all around the world.

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