After a Devastating Blaze, London’s Battersea Arts Centre Makes a Dramatic Comeback

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London-based firm Haworth Tompkins has given the 19th century performing arts hall a sensitive, yet triumphant, new lease on life after a 2015 fire.

…The building’s 19th century mosaic floor, replete with intricate flowers and bees, remains a particularly remarkable feature: the work, designed by mosaic manufacturer Jess Rust, miraculously survive steel-warping heat and a barrage of falling rubble. During their work, Haworth Tompkins found a spare section and carefully relocated it in an elevator—an interpretive move, cheeky yet charged with history, and typical of this near perfect architectural performance…

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