Restoring one of the most influential and significant buildings by Sir John Soane is no light undertaking. Jestico + Whiles working in collaboration with Julian Harrap Architects have transformed Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing back to the jewel that Soane designed and lived in during the early 19th Century.
Having been adapted over two centuries the task of rebuilding the house was painstaking and at times forensic. With the support of Ealing Council, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Pitzhanger has been made accessible to the wider public, revealing Soane’s masterful architecture, his manipulation of space and light and stunning use of colour and surface decoration.
The adjoining former Public Library building from 1939 has been refurbished as a gallery, intended to feature the work of contemporary artists and designers. Pitzhanger will offer an extensive programme of learning and outreach to increased and diversified audiences, nurturing an understanding of the relevance of Soane’s work today. A contemporary café-restaurant and events space has been built in the walled garden. The Regency landscaping of Walpole Park and the forecourt has been restored by J&L Gibbons.
The ambition of the project was to provide “a genuinely integrated approach based on strategies of interpretation, new and existing uses and strategies for the economic and environmental sustainability of the site”. English Heritage described the development proposals as “exceptional” and endorsed the “professional way in which the proposals have been presented, including research, justification and visual material.”
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