You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear but you can make a Vulcan’s ear out of a human ear…
no, hang on, you can’t, it’s all a fake, dammit, there goes the joke about women are from Mars and men are from Vulcan.
Well, something about that reminded us that at least you can make an exhibition space out of an eighteenth century pigsty!
This delightful small adaptive reuse, by the German architects FNP Architekten, won an Architectural Review award in 2005 for emerging architects. It is exemplary in its subtlety, respect for the existing if humble fabric and clean contemporary design.
There’s no doubt that small is fashionable right now. Since it may be a future necessity we may as well be learning how to make a virtue of it now.