Old Town Housing Association, Edinburgh, Canongate Property, Richard Murphy Architects

Old Town Housing, Edinburgh

Canongate Housing for Old Town Housing Association, Lothian, Scotland

Canongate Housing

Old Town Housing Association housing, 112 Canongate, Edinburgh
Date built: 1999
Design: Richard Murphy Architects

Private Homes: nine flats; access to ground floor shop only.

Canongate Housing Old Town Housing
Canongate Housing photo © adrian welch sep 2007

Quirky low-budget Edinburgh Old Town housing with a contemporary twist.

The Masterplanner stipulated that this building be both a ‘Talisman’ for the area and Housing Association flats, hard to achieve within budget constraints of Scottish Homes’ grants system. The ‘tower house’ design evolved out of both the tight width, height and overlooking restrictions and the Edinburgh Old Town context of asymmetry, exposed staircases, exuberant roofs and galleried windows.

Canongate housing Old Town Housing Association
Old Town Housing: Canongate image from Richard Murphy Architects

This five-storey building for the Old Town Housing Association (three doors up) has a glazed shopfront at the base with red-coloured render for stairs to the left (sliding behind a square layer of glass blocks), with white render above for the flats.

Canongate Housing Canongate Housing
Canongate flats image © Adrian Welch

The phrase sculpted in curvy metal above the shopfront was added by the Old Town Housing Association after completion. At the top of the front façade the building jetties out in three unequal sections, clad in horizontal wood boarding. Asymmetry is produced from varying materials – such as small mesh panels – scale, and details. In summary the frontage has a quirky Old Town feel; it doesn’t shout but it also isn’t overly polite.

Canongate Housing – build cost: £300k

Old Town Housing Association
Canongate buildings: image © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh Old Town Architecture Tour

Canongate housing
Old Town Housing Association: Canongate Housing photo © Adrian Welch

Richard Murphy – some of the Edinburgh Buildings featured:
Fruitmarket Gallery
Royal Fine Arts Commission
Canongate Housing
Moray Place
Dublin Street

Richard Murphy – some of the Scottish Buildings featured:
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Stirling Tolbooth

Edinburgh Housing

Adjacent to this housing for the Old Town Housing Association is the Scottish Poetry Library (see above image, right)

Scottish Architecture

Edinburgh Walking Tours

Context for the above buildings: Royal Mile

Old Town Housing Association housing

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