Point Conference Centre Edinburgh, Bread Street building architect, Design project images
Point Conference Centre Edinburgh
32 + 34 Bread Street meeting facility design by Andrew Doolan Architect
post updated 29 October 2023
Location: Point Hotel – 32 & 34 Bread St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date built: 1997-99
Design: Andrew Doolan Architects
Point Conference Centre building image © Adrian Welch
Point Conference Centre
32 and 34 Bread Street image © Adrian Welch
Andrew Doolan’s empire grows with the minimal but playful addition of the Point Conference Centre next-door-but-one. The intervention is bold and integrates well into the street with a roof terrace stepping back above, topped off with a simple canopy.
building image © Adrian Welch
The ground floor reception desk is simple and elegant, extending as far as the generous circulation zone which runs down the western third of the plan to the lift. The roof terrace includes a sheltered external portion hinting at Le Corbusier’s Paris rooftop garden with its rectilinear hedges. To the front there is a calming pebble zone: superb views of the Castle and New Town are thus taken from behind the fully-glazed building line.
property image from the Point Hotel / Andrew Doolan Architects
The building has a double facade – a winter garden (or environmental wall) – which allows for surreal views of individual conference room doors (Keith Hunter photos above & below). Materials used are similar to the Point and Mondboddo’s: long sliding facades of glass and coloured perspex. This building marks a piece of architecture that is sophisticated by day, exciting and dynamic by night.
The Point Hotel, Bread St, Edinburgh
Andrew Doolan Architects
convention space image from the Point Hotel / Andrew Doolan Architects
Andrew Doolan was both the developer and the architect of the scheme and part-owned the Point Hotel, the Conference Centre and the City Travel Inn before his untimely death in 2004.
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