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Malcolm Fraser Edinburgh : Architecture

MFA: Buildings by this former Edinburgh Architecture Studio, Scotland, UK

post updated 1 July 2023

Malcolm Fraser Architects

Key Buildings by MFA:

Dance Base – National Centre for Dance, Grassmarket
Dates built: 1998-2001
Dance Base
photograph © Adrian Welch
Dance Base

Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, off Canongate
Date built: 1999
Malcolm Fraser, Architect
photograph © Keith Hunter
Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, off Canongate

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Date built: 2006
Edinburgh News
photograph © Brendan MacNeill
Scottish Storytelling Centre Building in Edinburgh
Light-filled, spacious wooden interior.
This site, combining the historic “John Knox House” with the adjacent Netherbow Centre, marks the historic, mediaeval main gateway into Edinburgh. The gateway, the Netherbow Port, was rebuilt many times, with its great bell being hung in 1621.

Infirmary Street Baths
Dates built: 2007/08
Edinburgh Building News
photograph © Adrian Welch
Proposal by MFA to convert down-at-heel (disused) Victorian baths to weaving room, gallery, offices and residential for Dovecot Studios.
Infirmary Street Baths
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.

Park Rangers
Date built: 2004
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
photograph from the architects
Malcolm Fraser – Holyrood Park education centre

Malcolm was born in Edinburgh and educated at the University of Edinburgh. Following University he worked as a community architect in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh; with architect and theorist Christopher Alexander in Berkeley, California; conservation practices in Edinburgh; and with poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay at his garden, Little Sparta, near Edinburgh.

He formed his architectural practice in 1993. Malcolm Fraser Architects first made its name with bars and restaurants for clients like Pizza Express, and with lottery-funded arts projects. This design practice’s work encompassed conservation and new build, often in historic contexts such as Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, based on respect for the historic built context and the need to build within it in a rooted, confident, contemporary way. Its Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, for the University of Edinburgh, became the first listed building to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding” award. This Scottish architects practice won eight RIBA awards and also completed masterplanning and construction work for volume housebuilders that won for them, for the first time in Scotland, major awards – for The Drum, Bo’ness, West Lothian and Princess Gate, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh. The architecture practice ceased trading in 2015, after 22 years of work.
source: wikipedia

Malcolm Fraser Architects

Architecture in Edinburgh

Dynamic Earth

Scottish Parliament

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh Airport Building
BAA Edinburgh
image : Reid Architecture

EICC The Exchange
Edinburgh Conference Centre
photo © Adrian Welch

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