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Dovecot Studios Edinburgh : Architecture Information
Infirmary Street : Redevelopment of Edinburgh Baths
Infirmary Street Baths
EDI Project completed Aug 2008
Former Infirmary Street Baths – Jan 2007
Partial demolition to commence at Infirmary Street Baths
Text & images from Malcolm Fraser Architects 2007:
Dovecot Studios, Scotland’s leading and most innovative tapestry company intend to create a new, large and exciting workshop for tapestry weaving in the centre of Edinburgh, while preserving and enhancing a building of historical significance.
This unusual use perfectly fits into the Victorian Infirmary Street Baths, currently a vacant building: the huge looms would sit most beautifully within the large existing main pool space, with the old pool gallery becoming a public “gallery” for tapestry. Subsidiary to this main space are Dovecot’s requirements for other accommodations located in cellular rooms around the main pool area, under the gallery space.
Thereafter appropriate development of the other parts of the building – the derelict ladies pool and the range of former boilerhouse buildings – provides an opportunity to show good, considered, respectful and vigorous mixed use redevelopment.
A simple contemporary palette of materials is proposed. The existing stonewalls always mark the ground floor ‘base course’. Above these the proposed volumes are simple boxes clad in zinc. Large glazed elements form big windows. Timber louvered shutters to the residential elevation achieve a subtle layering that marks the different uses and address privacy issues. The upward movement of the building culminates in the top storeys that are treated as glass boxes with a lightweight roof.
Infirmary St Edinburgh – information from Malcolm Fraser Architects 080207
Infirmary Street Baths – Jul 2006
Infirmary St Baths – Oct 2005
Infirmary Street Baths Context : Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town
Infirmary Street Baths
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Conversion for Dovecot tapestry weavers:
Dovecot Studios Architect – Malcolm Fraser
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