Tradition and historicism in the remodelling of Tate Britain

Frost, Christian W. (2016) Tradition and historicism in the remodelling of Tate Britain. In: The Living Tradition of Architecture. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford, UK, pp. 247-263. ISBN 9781138640481


Since the late 1870s when the first legal moves were made to protect Britain’s built heritage many buildings and monuments have been set aside for special treatment. The system, devised to monitor and assess eligibility for this protection determines a hierarchy of value but is limited by the fact that it places buildings from radically different eras in one classification system. Using the example of Caruso St John’s recent work to the Tate Britain Gallery in London, this chapter questions the current rules that determine the way architectural heritage is protected and adapted, suggesting that more flexibility should be afforded to architectural work undertaken on existing listed structures.

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