Old Town Housing Association, Edinburgh, Canongate Property, Richard Murphy Architects
Old Town Housing, Edinburgh
Canongate Housing for Old Town Housing Association, Lothian, Scotland
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.
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.
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.
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
Edinburgh Old Town Architecture Tour
Adjacent to this housing for the Old Town Housing Association is the Scottish Poetry Library (see above image, right)
Context for the above buildings: Royal Mile
Old Town Housing Association housing
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