Translucent printmaking studio to adorn Craigleith semi
July 13 2020
Taylor Architecture Practice has taken the helm of a modest residential extension in Craigleith, Edinburgh, which will see an existing garage demolished in favour of a new build printmaking studio and utility.
The existing semi-detached property at Maidencraig Crescent dates from the 1920s and sits above a 3m slope from street level, providing additional headroom by dropping the floor level by 900mm.
Accessible from a front door and an internal side entrance the extension with a new set of steps installed to provide direct access to the house.
In a design statement, the practice wrote: "Between the corner of the house and the main body of the extension a portion of the facade is set back and glazed to provide a visual separation.
"This follows the arrangement of projections and recesses that characterises the existing street elevation. - The main roof edge of extension is aligned with the underside of the overhanging eaves of the existing house. Projecting, metal-clad cupolas articulate the roof plane and bring north-light into the working space and south light into the utility space.
"A grey brick plinth provides a base on top of which the white rendered walls and glazed elements are located. This plinth also incorporates steps, a landing and provides an interface with the various levels around the base of the extension."
Translucent glass blocks will be used to maximise light into the studio space while maintaining privacy.
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