Haworth Tompkins has been receiving quite a bit of press around the blogosphere lately, and it immediately brought to mind a similar project, the S(ch)austall deigned by FNP Architekten.
As part of the music campus at Snape Maltings in Suffolk, UK, Haworth Tompkin's design inset a Corten steel studio in the ruins of a brick Victorian dovecote. A large northern window on the roof allows even ambient daylight into the simple plywood interior.
The S(ch)austall turned a ruined pigsty into a showroom, a name that is played upon in its title, as saustall = pigsty, and schaustall = showroom. FNP set a wood framed box inside the stone ruins, aligning new windows with existing openings. A thin, understated roofs protects both new and old elements. This project was the winner of a 2005 AR Award for Emerging Architecture.
Both projects achieve an attractive marriage of modern and historic, ruined and new, in a cleanly finished transition to the space's new function.