I haven’t got much to report from my latest site visit. It’s making progress, but slowly. We discussed the classicism of the lecture theatre and the extent to which Pennethorne, as well as Chipperfield, was inspired by the Teatro Olimpico; and how far the attitude to conservation in the building is the same as the Neues Museum in Berlin (I think the answer is that it’s comparable in terms of separating the new and the old, but not comparable because we’re not preserving the signs of previous damage).
The entrance staircase:-
The entrance vestibule with the old lift removed:-
And the lecture theatre/amphitheatre/auditorium:-