José María Sánchez Garcia – Temple of Diana

image © Roland Halbe

image © Roland Halbe

Building alongside ruins is a challenge that many architects seem to relish, and it can generate all manner of approaches. Post-war modernists were often happy to brazenly juxtapose their buildings with the crumbling past, at times (in the case of London’s Roman Temple of Mithras) simply relocating or rebuilding the old stones. In recent years, architecture has become more sensitive, and one frequently finds the stumps of ancient walls uncovered during construction made visible to the public through glazed floors and walls in contemporary buildings.

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