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St Andrew Square Buildings : Architecture
New Town Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland
St Andrew Square Building
Designed by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival
4 Aug – 4 Sep 2011
Edinburgh Art Festival is delighted to announce further details of the first artist-designed Festival Pavilion. Situated in St. Andrew Square Gardens, Solar Pavilion is a 2.8 metre high, 14 metre long glass structure formed from 9 segments. Designed by Karen Forbes with leading structural engineers Buro Happold and RMJM architectural practice, the Pavilion is a contemporary expression of the city’s long fascination with optics and optical devices for viewing. The pavilion will open to the public on 4 August 2011 and will host a series of free events throughout the festival in partnership with the city’s museums and galleries.
At the intersection of art and architecture, and at the heart of the city where Sir David Brewster invented the Kaleidoscope and dedicated a life to exploring the physics of light, Forbes’ glass chamber will use the latest technology in glass facade engineering to create a space which will celebrate the play of light and shadow. Forbes’ innovative structure will invite visitors to both enjoy a point of contemplation and reflection in the centre of the festival city and provide an optical viewing point from which to re-see the city. 12 + 13 Jul
St Andrew Square – New Kiosk
The Pavilion was designed by Gillespies (Landscape Architectural Company, based in Glasgow) as part of the redevelopment of the Square.
The tenancy of the pavilion was an open competition to coffee retailers and Edinburgh registered company, Coffee Republic, won with a design concept by lee boyd.
‘String of Pearls’ project – View
It’s easy to criticise such projects as the opening up of this formerly private square, but this initiative is both bold and well executed. Opening on 5th of April the stone landscaping was already being used for seating, with the cafe pavilion providing a focus and gentle bustle. The paths follow natural desire lines and the design is neat and unpretentious.
Many tours we’ve shown round the New Town over the years have been amazed that St Andrew Square, Charlotte Square, Queen Street Gardens, Moray Place, etc. are all reserved for lucky locals. This is not how a city should work. St Andrew Square now represents a bold and successful attempt to repopulate Scotland’s capital city, allow permeability and reconnect the people with what should have always been public space.
The next space to be given back to pedestrians is the Grassmarket, another positive initiative. Thereafter the logical next step is to demand Charlotte Square is given back to the city. In the meantime the Council should remove the locked gates at the bridge behind the Ross Bandstand: this daft situation destroys permeability right in the heart of the city – you have to go to either end of the Gardens just to go from Old to New Town or vice versa.
Background to St Andrew Square Revitalisation
Underway in St Andrew Square since Jul 2007: opening up the square to the public & connecting burgeoning St James / Multrees Walk areas with city centre: clearing of foliage, new paths and some micro architecture. String of Pearls Edinburgh Development Framework by City of Edinburgh Council + Broadway Malyan
42 St Andrew Square former RBS HQ prior to completion of Gogarburn
photo © adrian welch Feb 2008
Due to be developed, possibly as a hotel
St Andrew Square – Melville Monument
statue / column photo © Adrian Welch Sep 2006
St Andrew Square Department Store – Harvey Nichols
picture from Store PR
St Andrew Square offices
picture from the architect
Standard Life building
35 St Andrew Square
photo © adrian welch 230207
One of the oldest buildings in the New Town, being refurbished in 2006
RBS St Andrew Square
Dundas Mansion, western focus to Edinburgh New Town’s long axis
St Andrew Square Retail / Commercial property – Basil Spence, architect
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006
St Andrew Square bank : Bank of Scotland HQ, east side of St Andrew’s Square
building: photo © adrian welch 2005
Multrees Walk off St Andrew Square to east adj. Harvey Nichols
Central to St Andrew Square is the Melville Monument atop which is the stone statue of Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville
St Andrew Square context – Scottish Portrait Gallery
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006
The Dome, George Street
16 North St Andrew Street
Home of Edinburgh SNP Club
St Andrew Square Department Store – Jenners
Buildings / photos for the St Andrew Square Architecture page welcome
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