Hoskins revisit Grassmarket Centre five years on
January 31 2019
Home to the Grassmarket Community Project the centre serves as a support hub for vulnerable people and includes a public café which will also be expanded to cater for demand.
In a project description the architects wrote: “In plan, the extension is angled so that a generous opening to the street, providing a welcoming approach to the building, is maintained. Taking its design language from the 2013 building the internal corner, where the extension meets the existing building, is formed by continuing the glazed curtain walling to create an open façade, allowing light and views in.
“The street-facing edge is, conversely, formed of solid metal cladding to reflect the solidity of the adjacent building while contrasting with the rough, porous texture of the stone and creates a striking street presence for the Grassmarket Centre. This solid piece is punctured by a single window, allowing a view into the café space to publicise its function and entice visitors.”
The centre will maintain operations throughout the development period in order to provide continuity of service.