Virginia house is located adjacent to Owen William’s iconic Daily Express building and the grade two listed Hanging House building in Manchester.
The brief for Manchester Architect, Andrew Wallace required the external facade of the grade two listed building to be fully restored, with the internal space reformulated to provide retail at ground floor level and office space above. In addition, a new stairway, lift shaft and associated rooftop extension were introduced. This was all realised as a bold interaction of new into old; not just restoration and conservation, but also transformation and renewal.
Respect for the original architecture is illustrated in the subtlety of the insertions; these do not alter the impression of the old, but they tactfully solve the problems posed in the course of delivering the client’s requirements, working to a budget and stabilising both existing and additional architectures. This allows the dynamic of the new to fuse with the old, enabling a fresh programme to manifest itself, giving a new use and lease of life to an old redundant building.