Last weekend also saw open days for Astley Castle. Now, Astley has featured on these pages fairly regularly, so yours truly decided to visit. What’s significant when there is how new and old are finely integrated, yet it’s done by the newer elements shouting their modernity. The binary contrast telegraphs the fact you’re in an ancient structure, it needs the modernity to feel old.
And, of course, it needs the ancient structure to feel modern.
And this interested me, a style that seeks to draw attention to its past by the use of the present. The difference with other approaches can be seen in Steven Wallsgrove’s article on the hidden medieval structures in a terrace of houses at West Street, Warwick.
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