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November 24 2021

Contemporary suburban townhouses cater to outward city migration

Husband and wife developer Gallo & Gallo have begun marketing a micro-housing development of four 'upside down' townhouses on the fringe of Baberton Golf Club, Edinburgh.

The family-run business sees Riccardo Gallo oversee the construction aspects of the build with his wife Mary-Anne overseeing the interior design.

Designed with retirees and families in mind the pocket development has been designed by LBA to make the most of open aspects toward Edinburgh Castle by stacking living spaces and balconies on the upper level above integral garages and sleeping quarters.

Riccardo Gallo said: “...demand for residential property in the capital continues to grow. That said, this demand is extending with people increasingly keen to live beyond the city limits."

Baberton Avenue is already well under construction having secured planning consent back in 2018 with completion expected by February. A fifth property will be housed within a former golf shop which is being converted for residential use.  

The development was supported by the chairman of Baberton Golf Club
The development was supported by the chairman of Baberton Golf Club
The flexible design permits bedrooms to be used as additional living space
The flexible design permits bedrooms to be used as additional living space

4 Comments

modernish
#1 Posted by modernish on 24 Nov 2021 at 10:46 AM
Outside of the ring of the City bypass...you'll need blooming good eyesight, a cracking day and hope no-one builds something else in the intervening 5 or so miles if you hope to enjoy the 'open aspects towards edinburgh castle'.
The design statement is a little more candid. The main view is of a 4 storey retirement home.
By this logic there are open views towards Stockholm as it roughly along the same line at city from here!!!
AW
#2 Posted by AW on 24 Nov 2021 at 11:35 AM
I know when I am retired, I would want plenty of steps and levels like this, keep me fit!!!!
HMR
#3 Posted by HMR on 24 Nov 2021 at 16:06 PM
Front elevation is ok with a flat roof, rear looks pretty boxy
Hash
#4 Posted by Hash on 24 Nov 2021 at 17:32 PM
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a proposal that is as soulless as this is. That front view is horrible. Back view looks like something you would design the first time you tried using CAD.
It’s Dominated by cars and hard surfacing, everything is grey, for the very rich, not in any form affordable, perpetuating urban sprawl, super ugly and boxy, creates no sense of community, does nothing for wildlife, worsens surface runoff, bad for pedestrians, no active frontage so less safety for residents etc, bad for older people with lots of steps etc..

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