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Inflected Edinburgh mews proposal resurfaces

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February 27 2017

Inflected Edinburgh mews proposal resurfaces
StudioKap Architects have moved to renew an application to proceed with a mews building on land to the rear of 36-40 Albany Street, Edinburgh, following completion of a residential conversion of adjoining townhouses.

First proposed in 2010 the current application is for a single dwelling with a largely solid south façade for privacy with greater use of glazing to the north and east, with the upper floor inflected on corner elevations to maximise through views.

In a statement the architects observed: “The proposals seek to create a solid, robust and elegant corner block, carefully crafted in stone and bronze anodised aluminium cladding, which quietly complements the scale and mass of the Glasite Meeting House. 

“The easterly elevation shows the skewed gable of the proposed building forming a balanced stop end to the rather sculptural gable of number 40 Albany Mews, the two buildings being linked down the hill by the chain of lower walls and garages.”

In light of this design rooflights have been specified to both enliven the roofscape and draw light deep and ensure southerly light isn’t squandered.
An earlier phase of work saw townhouses put to commercial use converted back to housing
An earlier phase of work saw townhouses put to commercial use converted back to housing

5 Comments

Bronzed Adonis
#1 Posted by Bronzed Adonis on 27 Feb 2017 at 12:54 PM
Yippee more bronze!
Looks very clumsy.
Cadmonkey
#2 Posted by Cadmonkey on 27 Feb 2017 at 16:36 PM
Adonis, how can you say this is clumsy.
It's "sculptural" and "elegant" and "crafted"yet "robust" Although, stepping back from the archispeak, it does look a bit like a broken filling.
How did it ever get consent in the New Town world heritage site???
Alonso
#3 Posted by Alonso on 1 Mar 2017 at 12:40 PM
Modern architecture is "modern architecture" and is as important in the evolution of the new town as any traditional building. If it's carefully thought out and well planned then it can only distract from some disasters of the 50's, 60's & 70's, perhaps even the 80's....
Joan McCollins
#4 Posted by Joan McCollins on 1 Mar 2017 at 16:25 PM
Agreed Alonso...but its important that the modern has sufficient finesse and understanding to work within its context...an occurrence as rare as hens teeth sadly.

Bonvivant
#5 Posted by Bonvivant on 2 Mar 2017 at 17:05 PM
In fairness, it complements the Premier Inn across the road.

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