Edinburgh villa in the firing line for apartment project
June 11 2018
Morgan McDonnell Architecture have teamed up with Square and Crescent to propose the demolition of an existing villa on Edinburgh’s Corstorphine Road, for replacement with 20 apartments.
Occupying a wedge-shaped site bounded by the Water of Leith the development will build out the plot with a ‘pocket of green amenity’ at the street edge to break up its massing, with primary frontages pulled back from the street to align with neighbouring villas.
Finished in a sandstone skin to the front elevation with brick to the rear with bronze finished panels used to accentuate the ‘rhythm of openings’. A setback penthouse level would be clad in vertical timber
Explaining their design strategy the architects wrote: “Utilising the wedge shape of the site, the proposals clearly signal the meeting point between Corstorphine Road and The Water of Leith by presenting a narrow building edge that directs views into the city centre. Consistent with the urban response of surrounding buildings we propose increased height at this junction to inform a bookend that
signals a starting point to the rhythm of building facades noted above.”
The south-facing façade over the Water of Leith with living spaces and balconies with tree planting helping to form a consistent river frontage.
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