Trapezoidal New Town home is the shape of things to come
August 13 2020
A difficult tapered gap-site has been taken on by Zone Architects to create a well-located family home on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town.
68 Broughton Road formerly hosted a social club but has latterly been in use as an incongruous car park behind a surviving boundary wall adjacent to the A-listed Claremont Crescent.
Subject to a succession of failed planning applications it is now proposed to create a mews-style home sitting in parallel with the road and built out to the boundaries to create a distinctive trapezoidal form.
Describing their tight squeeze approach Zone wrote: "We are proposing a building with familiar form and materials but which could not be described as pastiche. The way that the stone and windows, in particular, will be detailed will give the building a contemporary character.
"Building up to the boundaries and filling in awkward angles is a traditional form of development typical of the way the New Town developed and is contrary to a more modern approach of trying to fit square or rectangular shapes into an irregular plot."
Built from coarse random rubble sandstone with dressed surrounds the timber frame home may look historic but will embody the latest Passivhaus energy principles through photovoltaic panels, soakaways and solar gain from extensive south-facing glazing.
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