Whilst it would be great to retain the entire original roof construction, the roofing subcontractor does not want to work on such a proposal due to safety. Furthermore, retention of all the original fabric would necessitate a raising of the roof cornice with resulting planning issues. So… the installation of a painted plasterboard ceiling will dramatically change the quality of the space which begs the question how much of the existing structure should be revealed? The existing rafters and trusses or just the trusses alone? And what colour ought the ceiling be? Once the shock of the transformation subsides, the white ceiling does provide high contrast between original and new building fabric.

See also John Pawson_Tilty Barn, Essex, 1995


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