How can the radical preservation of a heritage building become the expansion of its intended experience?
Four Schemes for Soane imagines alternative futures for John Soane’s House Museum in London’s legal district. By law, the Museum must be preserved and kept open to the public free of charge. However, recent government funding cuts have trapped the Soane in a financial dilemma. This project draws from Superstudio’s ‘disaster logic’ and imposes a series of forceful yet informed architectural operations onto the building in order to drastically alter its form. Freeing the house museum from the constraints of traditional preservation, the four deliberately absurd provocations extrapolate the original experience with new funding models while engaging in an underlying commentary on legacy and the public museum.