James Hatton

Stage 5, MArch


The project aim is to question the future of heritage preservation with the ongoing advances of modern technology. The building acts as a facility on the boarder of Rye’s preservation area to restore and repair the architecture of Rye, whilst also updating them to carbon efficient buildings through a metaphor of smuggled modern technology which is derived from the historical smuggling native to rye.


The replaced parts are then “smuggled” out of Rye and are collected in the warehouse as architectural salvage. Over time all the parts of Rye will have to have been replaced to keep the town functional and it is proposed that the architectural salvage will be repaired and recreated as the original building to pose the question of heritage identity using the sorites paradox of which building is the original building?