Drawing by David Holdsworth.
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I remember visiting Hereford Cathedral about 10 years ago. They built a big addition to their library in the late 1990s. You could tell that the addition was new, but it was so perfectly complementary to the Gothic architecture (even while being decidedly more modern given that it was unadorned with filigree and other Gothic details) that a casual eye probably would not have realized it was built a decade before. It was great.
A good local example of an addition that doesn’t rely on the glass box is the addition to the Old Strathcona Library. It achieves a good balance between the old and new elements. I think it perfectly walks the line of being complementary to the historic elements while also being clearly identifiable from them.
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