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Design Beyond Words Edinburgh Bookshop : Architecture

Design Beyond Words, Old Town design by Oliver Chapman Architects, southeast Scotland, United Kingdom.

post updated 29 October 2023

Design Beyond Words was an architecture and design bookshop on Blair Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Date built: 2002

Design: Oliver Chapman Architects

Design Beyond Words
Blair Street building image supplied by Oliver Chapman Architects

Design Beyond Words Edinburgh Bookstore

Design Beyond Words is a bookshop in Blair Street, a refurbishment of an Old Town building. The store is located just down the hill from Hunter Square, which lies roughly in the middle of the capital’s Royal Mile.

Design Beyond Words Blair Street Edinburgh
Edinburgh Bookshop on Blair St image from Oliver Chapman Architects

Designed by Oliver Chapman Architects, the shop is run by Neil and his partner. The pair have a serious commitment to architecture and can play an important role in helping to lift the standard of, at least, our aspirations and hopefully our built environment itself.

Design Beyond Words Bookshop information received from OCA – Oliver Chapman Architects on 9 Oct 2002.

Blair St was the site of Richard Murphy Architects’ offices, half way down on the east side. It is also home to a labyrinthine network of chambers below Edinburgh’s South Bridge. These historic spaces with a storied past are sited on the East side behind the units lining the street.

There are several different sections of vaults, all located beneath the South Bridge. Edinburgh’s underground vaults are centuries old and were built in the late 18th-century.

The vaults were built between the bridge’s centuries old arches. The arches vary in size, and some form part of pubs and nightclubs located along the bridge.

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Old College
photo © Adrian Welch

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