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Evolution House – Westport, Edinburgh : Information
Westport Building, Edinburgh: Evolution House by Reiach and Hall
Evolution House Edinburgh
Evolution House architects: interview
By Reiach and Hall Architects, West Port – or Evolution House as named by the developers – was completed in 2003 where West Port meets Lady Lawson Street.
Proposed RIAS HQ Move to Edinburgh College of Art Building
Edinburgh College of Art Purchase
Impressive facades – especially the north one – when viewed acutely mirror the pattern of fenestration in adjacent tenements, but obliquely open out into a complex mesh of angled insertions seen behind a continuous layer of panelled louvres.
Westport represents a real breath of fresh air for Edinburgh, strong but simple with a restrained panelled construction and innovative palette.
The Client was AMA (New Town) Limited who also developed 1 Succoth Heights and are working on Cramond Housing – Caer Amon – amongst other projects, all in Edinburgh. AMA, as the name suggests, started out in Edinburgh New Town, refurbishing properties.
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Oberlanders’ Westport competition entry shown at www.oberlanders.co.uk
Westport was one of eight RIBA Award-winning buildings in Scotland in 2003
EAA Annual Awards for Architecture 2004:
Civic Trust Awards Commendation 2004: Westport / Evolution House by Reiach & Hall praised for "bringing a notable social, cultural or economic benefit to their communities".
During the RIAS Festival Exhibition 2003, Scotland the Brave, visitors were asked to vote for their favourite featured building:
1st – An Turas, Tiree – Sutherland Hussey Architects with Jake Harvey, Sandra Kennedy, Glen Onwin and Donald Urquhart
2nd – Westport, Evolution House, Edinburgh – Reiach and Hall Architects
Westport, Evolution House, Edinburgh : RIAS Award 2003: Shortlist
Summary of judges’ comments:
Evolution House – featured in News, Jul 2005:
Just to the west of Evolution House is Westport House, nine-storey offices comprising of 65,000 sq ft net, constructed in 1971.
The building is formed primarily from repetitive pre-cast concrete cladding panels. Bulky ribbed concrete cores are expressed on the elevations and protrude above the general roofline.
The site of Westport House was occupied by a traditional Edinburgh tenement from the time of the earliest available records, the density of surrounding development increasing with the expansion of the city in the nineteenth century.
Other Reiach and Hall Architects buildings for Edinburgh developer AMA New Town Ltd include Succoth Heights. The architects are the designers for Haymarket’s One Morrison Link and Maggies Wishaw.
West Port is one of the historic entry routes to the old town of Edinburgh
Westport, Evolution House : Scottish Design Awards 2004 – Best Commercial
Kenmore proposal to replace West Port House
Evolution House comprises 46,000 sq ft of office space
Westport Project, Evolution House : Civic Trust Awards 2004 Scotland
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