A shed for agricultural and community life gets a makeover

In England's Lincolnshire region, Evans McDowall Architects revisits the structure of a cooperative's exhibition center, updating its design and energy efficiency criteria.

An institution founded in 1869 for sustainable agriculture and the environment, the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) has maintained as the epicenter of its activities a large shed, the Lincolnshire Showground, used as a venue for various exhibition events. Partially dilapidated, the structure was revisited by Evans McDowall Architects with a design that plays on subtraction while imparting a more incisive material quality.

The original sloping brick roof of the entrance was replaced with a more harmonious flat roof, entirely repainted in white along with the pitched roof and the entire brick volume in front. The shed walls were then clad with vertical panels of western red cedar, for a very clean result that amplifies the architectural coherence of the building and helps integrate it into the surrounding agricultural landscape.

Expo Centre
Lincolnshire, UK
Evans McDowall Architects
Quantity Surveyor:
Thornton Firkin
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers:
Structural Engineers:
Ward + Cole
1615 sqm

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