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The desire to retain a building’s heritage features can lead to what designers call ‘empty facadism’ – but some are taking a more imaginative approach

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In the 1980s an odd kind of construction began to appear in Australia’s city centres. In response to pleas to retain heritage structures amid a building boom, compromises were struck that preserved the facade of an old building typically two or three storeys high, dwarfed by a glass and steel high-rise behind it.

It was a concession to history rarely offered during the demolitions of the 1950s and 60s, but Hannah Tribe, the principal architect and founder of Tribe Studio, calls it “empty facadism”.

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​ The desire to retain a building’s heritage features can lead to what designers call ‘empty facadism’ – but some are taking a more imaginative approachGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastIn the 1980s an odd kind of construction began to appear in Australia’s city centres. In response to pleas to retain heritage structures amid a building boom, compromises were struck that preserved the facade of an old building typically two or three storeys high, dwarfed by a glass and steel high-rise behind it.It was a concession to history rarely offered during the demolitions of the 1950s and 60s, but Hannah Tribe, the principal architect and founder of Tribe Studio, calls it “empty facadism”. Continue reading… Architecture, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Australia news, Art and design 

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