Constructing buildings is a process of evolution. Completion of building construction doesn't mark the end of its process instead the completion triggers its evolution. Through out its life span it will evolve thus change its character. The changes may include its function (ie. from house to office), size (ie having an extension), its material (ie from traditional bricks to new cladding) and maybe evolve into a new building itself.
The current retail outlet for this project has started to evolve in its uses. In order to justify these changes to its current use, it will need a transformation to its facade. The existing facade could fit well if it were to be used as an antique outlet or a bank, but as the building will serve the purpose as a fashion retailer, keeping the facade in trend would be a major factor.
The first option is to add glazed panels over retained window openings that would follow the same horizontal and vertical proportion. A row of glass canopy is also applied to enhance the entrance. A ceramic rain screen cladding is introduced as well in order to match it with the existing stone colour. This approach of simplicity however doesn't seem to create much difference from the existing facade which makes it blend together with the rest of the surrounding buildings.
On the second option the glazed panels height is reduced in proportions and replaced by a band of glazed panels along the top wall of the building. This changes could give more contemporary look. It also creates an illusion to the height of the building to look as if it has the same height as the rest of its neighbouring buildings. However the rigidness of the proportion give an impression of an office block.
On this third option we introduce a more trendy solution for the retailer. The dynamic position and size of glazed panels give a more exciting feature to the building. The "interestingness" of the features also make it standout than any other building around it thus attracting and drawing for more potential customers.
If the planner required the development to be strictly blended with the surrounding they would agree with the first option. And if they are trying to bring the area to a more business-like district they would probably go with option 2. Hopefully they will agree with option 3, which would bring forth a surrounding environment filled with excitement.
Though option 3 may likely look trendy and up-to-date, it will never stop from evolving in the future. The problem with trend is very similar to keeping up with the latest fashion; it easily wears out over the season. A good design would have a vision ahead of its time with pure genuinity which does not only influence future trend but also be seen as a divine piece of art.
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