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Morgan McDonnell helm Merchiston residential conversion

May 5 2016

Morgan McDonnell helm Merchiston residential conversion
Morgan McDonnell Architects have tabled proposals to convert and extend a former hotel on Ettrick Road, Merchiston, to form ten flats.

This work will entail the demolition of later extensions to allow new build elements to be inserted to provide the required floor space whilst remaining subservient to the main building.

Faced with sandstone and brass finished cladding with deep set balconies and full height glazing these additions are intended to augment the architectural character of the district.

In their design statement the architects observed: “By demolishing the poor quality conservatory to the front of the original building and reinstating the principal façade a clarity of expression is informed that is consistent with the considerations of the Merchiston & Greenhill Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

“The removal of the extensions to the sides of the original building presents the opportunity for the inclusion of contemporary, high quality interventions that contribute to the diversity of architectural expression that is evident in the Merchiston area.”

To the rear of the property infill timber cladding will be employed whilst period features including a grand entrance hallway and wood paneling will be preserved.
Proposed works aim to be sympathetic to the existing villa and surrounding conservation area
Proposed works aim to be sympathetic to the existing villa and surrounding conservation area


#1 Posted by jim on 6 May 2016 at 14:39 PM
Bland, clunky and a tad lazy....
#2 Posted by Terra on 12 May 2016 at 22:43 PM
Have to agree with jim. It's lazy as. Nothing against modernism but the deliberate lack of any detail at all in the stone work is almost a middle finger to every other villa in the immediate area. So not sympathetic but more "eff-off am a unapologetically modern building and a dinae care whit you think", as Big Chantelle might say.
Kyle Waters
#3 Posted by Kyle Waters on 13 May 2016 at 11:20 AM
'clunky' - I would agree. Good modernism can work. The architects need to realise that there is such a thing as novel architectural language, a building can be interesting without neccesarily being shouty. Likewise the other way around.

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