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Undulating Edinburgh school draws inspiration from the Pentland Hills

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November 8 2018

Undulating Edinburgh school draws inspiration from the Pentland Hills

City of Edinburgh Council has filed plans for a new build primary school for the south east of the city at the intersection of Burdiehouse and Frogston Roads.

Broomhills Primary School has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects to include a nursery and shared space, with each element having its own separate entrance.

Inspired by the Pentland Hills the chosen form for the school adopts an undulating silhouette with the facade serving as a ‘civic front’ to newly formed parkland.

In a statement the architects remarked: “The undulating quality of the Pentlands was a great source of inspiration for the design of the building. The Pentland Hills form an area of high ground which rises above the surrounding landscape. The highest summits and peaks (Scald Law, West Kip, East Cairn Hill and West Cairn Hill) appear to merge into each other creating this undulating effect at the top of the hills.

“The design of the façade echoes the silhouette created by the summits and by simply extruding this profile the rest of the building is formed. This school façade acts as the civic front to the new park as well as a reflection of the landscape beyond.”

Utilising a dark grey zinc or zinc-effect roof with a facade dominated by buff brick and precast concrete panels the school seeks to defer to neighbouring residential development whilst emphasising its own civic nature.

The school will front a new area of parkland in a fast developing corner of the city
The school will front a new area of parkland in a fast developing corner of the city

10 Comments

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 8 Nov 2018 at 12:09 PM
OMG -- no, no and thrice no.
Just what is it today with the Shed 7 design vibe?

Then there is the complexity that is not needed, the lack of scale and the forced / phony / faux attempt at history through planned inconsistency.

File under poorly executed dross.
TepidMouse
#2 Posted by TepidMouse on 8 Nov 2018 at 13:44 PM
Looks like horse stables.
mick
#3 Posted by mick on 8 Nov 2018 at 14:09 PM
Sorry.... seriously who would take on board that gunk referring to the Pentland Hills ! This school is yet another example of truly uninspiring architecture.....
An architect.
#4 Posted by An architect. on 8 Nov 2018 at 14:28 PM
Having gleaned the D&A statement, I find that this is an appropriate, cohesive, restrained and contextual response to the site embracing both the natural and built suburban environment. The D&A statement is in itself a model of clarity.

I have to ask - Complexity? Where? Lack of scale? Where? Planned inconsistency? Where?

I do wonder what FBoT's actual background is. Journalism? Or, maybe he'd be more at home with the Taliban.

My only non-expert comment would be the school-run that the school would generate as I wouldn't want to live next to the school gates, unless the majority of pupils will be walking to school and back (which would be no bad thing)

Even then, I'm sure all that will have been considered.

All in all, a good decent high-quality proposal.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#5 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 8 Nov 2018 at 15:33 PM
D&A Statement -- Did they ask for a dog's breakfast?

Because that is what they have got.
Egbert
#6 Posted by Egbert on 9 Nov 2018 at 10:58 AM
#4 I agree with you, but re. FBoT I'd suggest just not taking the bait and ignoring him - he's an old-fashioned sh*t-stirrer in the model of Big Chantelle, formerly of these parts.
Egbert
#7 Posted by Egbert on 9 Nov 2018 at 10:59 AM
PS @UR - why have you put an apostrophe after "Burdiehouse and Frogston Roads"?
UR
#8 Posted by UR on 9 Nov 2018 at 11:36 AM
It was an incorrect application of the plural form!
Patryk Tokarek
#9 Posted by Patryk Tokarek on 12 Nov 2018 at 11:25 AM
Instead of using precast concrete facades panels GRC panels could be used. GRC is lighter than precast concrete (less dead load on the structure) and easier to install.
ray of sunshine
#10 Posted by ray of sunshine on 12 Nov 2018 at 14:45 PM
I really like this. The simplicity of the materials/ colour palette and the window form.

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