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August 22 2018

CDA pen plans for slim fit Edinburgh flats

Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA), acting on behalf of DV4 Properties, have drawn up designs for 19 new build flats at Queensferry Road, Edinburgh.

Orchard Brae will sit on an existing gap-site adjacent to Orchard Brae House, a 1970s office block, although the area is predominantly residential.

Finished in PPC aluminium cladding above a precast concrete panel base the properties have been purposefully conceived as ‘open and lightweight’ in order to contrast with the heavy brick facades of its neighbour.

In a statement the architects wrote: “This approach sets the building apart from it’s adjacent neighbours whilst allowing the views to the North and South to be maximised.

“The formal ordering of the façade is softened through the use of full-length balcony spaces which will be inhabited and bring vibrancy to the design. The gable ends of the proposals have no fenestration proposed. This will avoid any issues with privacy or overlooking from the apartments into the adjacent buildings.”

Scaled to ‘mediate between the heights’ of these buildings the eight storey block is designed to have the slimmest possible profile in order to minimise the loss of daylight to neighbours. Entrances will be positioned at both lower and upper ground level with a mic of surface and undercroft parking to the rear.

Full-length balconies have been specified to 'soften' the facade
Full-length balconies have been specified to 'soften' the facade
Precast concrete cladding is employed to express entrance levels
Precast concrete cladding is employed to express entrance levels

2 Comments

Robin Bs Discount Store
#1 Posted by Robin Bs Discount Store on 22 Aug 2018 at 16:38 PM
Imagine having to live in that? It's like Cold War era Soviet block architecture. Comprehensively awful.
Philip
#2 Posted by Philip on 23 Aug 2018 at 08:20 AM
The window-less gable might not cause any overlooking issues....but it will look pretty offensive approaching from the west.
As demonstrated in image 3, the balconies are utterly useless and I doubt will bring any vibrancy.
Another bland, lazy blob by CDA.

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