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Tony Fretton

Building with 2 Duplex Apartments & Children’s Theatre . GRONINGEN

© Christian Richters

Tony Fretton Architects . + divisare

A very small site and a high wall on one boundary constrained the design, but we were able to produce two generously planned duplex apartments with the living room above the bedrooms, entered from a shared lobby at street level. The building was made with the standard Dutch components of natural white insulating stucco and timber windows, so that it was both economical and at ease with the 18th century classical buildings around it. At second floor level the façade steps back from the street to align with the buildings next to it and create a balcony for the lower flat overlooking the street. Windows all around the top floor provide a panoramic view of Groningen and are gold in colour to rhyme with the openwork gilt church spire behind the building. At street level the entrance lobby is arranged as a domestic room with windows onto the street and a storage cupboard for bicycles, that is a replica 17th century Dutch cabinet. Continue reading Tony Fretton

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Tony Fretton

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum . Lolland

Tony Fretton .  Fuglsang Kunstmuseum . Lolland (1)

Tony Fretton Architects . photos: © Helene Binet

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum is a purpose built museum for a public permanent collection of Danish fine art dating from 1780-1980. It is set in the countryside of southern Denmark in the idyllic Fuglsang estate and looks out over extensive fields to a nature reserve at the edge of the sea. Visitors see this view as they approach the Museum and again at certain points in the gallery circuit as a means of reorientation and recuperation. An entrance area provides a café, bookshop, a lecture hall and views into a studio for art classes and an apple orchard behind it. The galleries, have different scales and characters, and connected in several different ways are so that visitors can choose their route and immerse themselves in the collection. Each gallery was developed empirically bound together with the others, in a similar way to the buildings in Fuglsang itself, through slight differences and simple similarities. The building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2009. Continue reading Tony Fretton