Morgan McDonnell’s Advocate’s Close wins Andrew Doolan Award
November 5 2014Advocate’s Close development, Edinburgh.
The practice picked up a gold medal and a check for £25k for their work to reconnect a series of buildings in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, retaining no less than nine listed buildings to provide retail units, a restaurant, offices, a bar and serviced apartments.
RIAS president Iain Connelly said: “The RIAS Andrew Doolan Award has never been simply an architectural beauty contest. This year’s winner combines careful restoration with bold and uncompromisingly contemporary new additions in an idiom which is sensitive to its setting while avowedly ‘now’. The complexity of what has been delivered and the architectural self-assurance with which it is achieved makes this an extraordinary, truly special and very deserving winner.”
Four other projects received a special mention; namely: The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Robin Baker Architects; House No. 7, Isle of Tiree, Denizen Works Ltd; The Inn at John O’Groats, Caithness, GLM and Scottish Water – The Bridge, Stepps by Reiach & Hall Architects.
Advocate's Close won over judges for its sensitive treatment of historic fabric and clearly delineated modern interventions
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