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Fabric first Edinburgh home on the fast lane to a low carbon future

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October 23 2020

Fabric first Edinburgh home on the fast lane to a low carbon future

A disused garage in Edinburgh city centre could play host to a bespoke low carbon home if plans just submitted by 7N Architects are realised.

An unprepossessing brick structure on Spey Street Lane, just off Leith Walk, would be replaced by a high performance insulated timber structure with triple glazing and packed with energy-saving systems such as solar panels, mechanical ventilation heat recovery and an air source heat pump.

Future occupiers will benefit from a double-height living space and mezzanine to the rear with bedrooms split over two levels behind the lane frontage. At first floor level, a raised courtyard is provided between these spaces to draw light and air into the heart of the home while maintaining privacy.

In a press statement, the architects wrote: "The exterior reflects the character of the lane with a rough-hewn stone base adjoining the existing stone garden walls and a metal sliding shutter similar to those found along the lane at the entrance. The upper storey and double-pitched roof will be clad in standing seam copper."

The project team includes David Narro Associates.

Robust materials including a dramatic metal shutter have been specified
Robust materials including a dramatic metal shutter have been specified
Rooflights and a secluded first-floor courtyard flood the interior with light
Rooflights and a secluded first-floor courtyard flood the interior with light

The existing garage will be cleared, symbolically severing links to a car dependent past
The existing garage will be cleared, symbolically severing links to a car dependent past

2 Comments

The Bawlin' Bairn
#1 Posted by The Bawlin' Bairn on 23 Oct 2020 at 15:12 PM
A very cute and clever little design.
Just watch out for those damn overhead wires...oops!!
Bag lady
#2 Posted by Bag lady on 23 Oct 2020 at 15:20 PM
Her with the red bag gets around doesn't she?

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