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July 19 2016

Students settle into former Edinburgh cinema
7N Architects have completed an 86 bedroom student build comprising a mix of studio and cluster flats on the site of an A-listed cinema in Edinburgh’s south side.

The Buccleuch property sees the less significant rear of the cinema replaced by a five storey infill intended to sit in harmony with adjoining tenements with a  contemporary palette of white render and polished concrete panels referencing the white Hathenware façade of a retained entrance on Clerk Street.

Both the auditorium and foyer of the art deco cinema have been retained for re-use as a cultural venue with key features such as a sky ceiling preserved.

Photography by Brendan MacNeill

Floated ideas for the retained auditorium include a champagne bar, restaurant and coffee lounge
Floated ideas for the retained auditorium include a champagne bar, restaurant and coffee lounge
The scheme was built by Cruden Homes and Hart Builders for Empiric Student Property
The scheme was built by Cruden Homes and Hart Builders for Empiric Student Property

4 Comments

E=mc2
#1 Posted by E=mc2 on 19 Jul 2016 at 22:32 PM
"sit in harmony with adjoining tenements with a contemporary palette of white render"

Hardly harmonious, but when will people realise white render + Scottish climate dinnae go?
Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 20 Jul 2016 at 03:05 AM
I remember that cinema! Last film I went to see there was "A.I." round about 2001. Memories.
I really like 7N and I think this is a good build but I'm surprised they sanctioned the use of....W H I T E R E N D E R. As #1 stated, when will people learn that using that in this climate is...well it's obviously just bloody stupid. God, seriously it's a huge pet peeve of mine. It. Never. Ages. Well...Ever. Please. Stop. Using. It. There are plenty other colours they could use for goodness sake, why persist with white? It's really does boggle my mind.
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#3 Posted by == on 20 Jul 2016 at 11:23 AM
It's stone not render...
John Grant
#4 Posted by John Grant on 21 Jul 2016 at 17:50 PM
Where do we find white stone other than Cararra marble??

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