Bridges and seams in architecture :a connection between the old and the new
Carlson, Jacqueline M.
Wittenberg, Gordon||Cannady, William T.
Master of Architecture
A recurring problem in architecture is the coexistence of historic and modern buildings. Often there is no regard for the character of that which already exist when constructing an adjacent building. Thus, the problem stands, how do we link the historic architecture chosen to survive with the ever -- changing style of present and future architecture and still incorporate them as living buildings in our society? The solution varies from piece to piece and is dependent upon the project’s individual parameters. In this thesis, the exemplary project chosen is a turn of the century seaside hotel representative of Texas coastal architecture and lifestyles at the time. The architectural elements chosen to link the historic building with the present are what is termed "Middle Space Elements." The validity in using these elements is proven in the fact that such elements already are the connection pieces between the building and the landscape in the form of porches and terraces. Thus, when adding to the existing building, which, at nearly one hundred years of age, is also considered part of the landscape, "Middle Space Elements" are the obvious linkage between the two. Thus, this thesis will explore "Middle Space Elements" and the architectural roles they play as bridges and seams between the old and the new.