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April 20 2016

ISA set up shop at Blenheim Place
ISA, formerly known as Ian Springford Architects, have completed their move to a £125k head office at Blenheim Place, Edinburgh, after stripping out a former pet shop to create new desk space.

The strip out enabled the practice to insert new stairs, toilets and fitted furniture within the prominent ground floor space.

Housing a staff of 20 the new office replaces the practices former home at King’s Stables Road and dovetails with the creation of a new brand identity for the business, intended to recognise the collective contributions of everyone in the team.

The new premises also offer space for further growth alongside improved staff facilities and meeting rooms.

An exterior view of the new office
An exterior view of the new office
Chipboard furnishings contrast with clean white surroundings
Chipboard furnishings contrast with clean white surroundings

More space will give ISA room to expand further in the years ahead
More space will give ISA room to expand further in the years ahead

14 Comments

Rem Koolbag
#1 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 20 Apr 2016 at 12:33 PM
That's OSB, not chipboard.
It looks lovely as well. Very fresh.
D to the R
#2 Posted by D to the R on 20 Apr 2016 at 13:19 PM
Every architects office should have a blurry wumen
QMD
#3 Posted by QMD on 20 Apr 2016 at 13:27 PM
the shelves are rather deep (judging from the photo), I guess cleaners will have a lot to do...
Beg to differ
#4 Posted by Beg to differ on 20 Apr 2016 at 16:56 PM
Dear Rem ...and there was me thinking that OSB is the sh*ttiest awful looking thing having worked with the stuff all last year. Oh well ... a case of Dr. Seuss and the 'stars upon thars' story i suppose.

Aye right, that'll be the day - it still looks like sh*t, always did look like sh*t and always will look like sh*t.

;-)
Clive
#5 Posted by Clive on 21 Apr 2016 at 04:42 AM
looks good.
A great showing of how deceptive photography is, too!
Look at the proportion of that shelving unit in pic 1 and pic 3....!
pleasantfield
#6 Posted by pleasantfield on 21 Apr 2016 at 19:19 PM
Beg to Differ....I beg to agree with you . OSB has and always will look cheap and s**t.
dalrylama
#7 Posted by dalrylama on 22 Apr 2016 at 09:51 AM
OSB might be cheap and look cheap but that doesn't mean it looks s**t. The colour is good and the strands give a unique pattern to each piece. I think it's much more interesting than a uniform coat of paint - when used in moderation. Like it has been here.
Pierre
#8 Posted by Pierre on 22 Apr 2016 at 10:50 AM
The place looks very noble. Well done guys!
Wombat
#9 Posted by Wombat on 22 Apr 2016 at 11:27 AM
Looks like a cosy front step to have a kip on.
W.G.A.F
#10 Posted by W.G.A.F on 22 Apr 2016 at 12:34 PM
Zzzzz.......9 comments on the qualities of OSB used as an interior in an Architects office.
Zero comments on the hugely disappointing state of office design in Scotland- BCO article and only 3 posts on a pig of student housing scheme in Edinburgh....
beg to differ
#11 Posted by beg to differ on 22 Apr 2016 at 13:50 PM
Seemed to me that to discuss the aesthetics of an industrialised by-product for covering walls with and making furniture from as opposed to putting roofing felt on it was a worthwhile discussion, but hey ho - it looks 'nice' dont it?
dalrylama
#12 Posted by dalrylama on 22 Apr 2016 at 14:05 PM
#10 - perhaps it is because the other articles provide very little substance to comment on. This article is of a small scale project where the result can be seen quite clearly. To comment on the articles you refer to is to base judgement on poor CGI's or singular external photographs of each.

That is not to say that I disagree with you though.
Terra
#13 Posted by Terra on 25 Apr 2016 at 17:53 PM
But it does look like chipboard. I like the bright, minimalist overall feel but the 'chipboard effect', which is what it should be called, is hideous. Lovely classical building though, I like the raised columns at the end there.
Dofos
#14 Posted by Dofos on 26 Apr 2016 at 13:55 PM
I wonder if it still smells like a pet shop!

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