We have been asked to work on the refurbishment of an almost unknown glass house designed by Michael Hopkins in 1978 on the edge of Bury St Edmunds (called Crystal Palace).
It is in a glorious setting overlooking a field down to a river – although the recent sale carved up the site so a new building is planned close by. The extraordinary thing about so-called ‘High-Tec’ is that it is anything but by todays standards. However you can see that the project was forward looking and innovative. We are having to balance a sensitivity to the original vision, with the reality of what the project became and how much money can you really throw at it?