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Edinburgh villa to make way for 16 flats

May 4 2016

Edinburgh villa to make way for 16 flats
Richard Murphy Architects have submitted plans on behalf of AMA to build 16 flats on the site of an existing villa at Kinnear Road, Edinburgh, by developing a substantial garden plot.

Utilising changes in level to its advantage the proposed scheme will include a semi-basement car park above with a three storey smooth ashlar stone façade above presenting itself to Kinnear Road as an ‘understated’ response to the more flamboyant southerly elevation.

Here separating cross walls extend out across a series of stepped external terraces to form privacy screens with continuation of the front stonework round the gable.

In a statement the architects said: “To the north, the building presents a three storey elevation to Kinnear Road, is faced in stone and is a deliberately controlled and understated response to the architectural approach which has been adopted to either side. An attic storey is set back and articulated with bay windows. On the side elevations, the stone gives way to a buff coloured brick which also forms the otherwise substantially glazed south elevation.

“The fall on the site allows the garage and other utility accommodation to be located at a half level below the existing garden level. At a slightly lower level two garden apartments are located south of this. These have their main access via the internal lift but also are served by the pedestrian paths adjacent to east and west boundaries. Each of these apartments have a south facing garden.”

The flatted scheme is intended to act as a point of ‘transition’ between an eclectic mix of neighbouring properties.   
Extensive glazing will maximise southerly views
Extensive glazing will maximise southerly views


#1 Posted by basho on 4 May 2016 at 13:32 PM
Good to see another interesting residential design by Richard Murphy Architects. Any chance they could redesign the dreary shoebox that's about to replace 'Earthy' in Canonmills?
#2 Posted by Rabbie on 4 May 2016 at 14:18 PM
Another decent looking residential scheme for Edinburgh, along with the Trinity lane and Horne Terrace developments.
#3 Posted by Marc on 5 May 2016 at 15:11 PM
Well it's certainly an improvement on what is there but I don't see anything significantly interesting. Good they have kept the tress and hedge to line Kinnear road; apart from the flats immediately adjacent it a lovely street. The views from these 'flamboyant' terraces will be incredible.
#4 Posted by CADMonkey on 5 May 2016 at 15:45 PM
The lack of privacy on my potential balcony has put me off buying one.
I'd have thought Mr Murphy would have come up with a clever section idea to achieve this.
sultan of brooneye
#5 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 6 May 2016 at 11:43 AM
Costa Del Sol hotel typology. Well - Lanzarote hotel typology really. But Costa Del Sol has more of a ring to it.
#6 Posted by Charlie on 6 Jun 2016 at 11:08 AM
I am surprised that the size of the whole building has been allowed to pass planning as it will only add to further congestion and traffic in the area, especially with a school at the end of the street. It also looks taller than the current other properties.

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