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Ross Pavilion International Design Competition Launches for Emblematic Edinburgh Site

21:00 - 8 February, 2017
Ross Pavilion International Design Competition Launches for Emblematic Edinburgh Site

The Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants has launched a global search for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Ross Pavilion International Design Competition will award the commission to regenerate and renew an emblematic site at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens, which is presently occupied by the Ross Bandstand.

Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall

12:00 - 1 February, 2017
Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall, The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust Scotland (IMPACT Scotland) has announced a shortlist of 6 teams in the running to design a new concert hall and arts center in the heart of the Edinburgh New Town World Heritage Site. The building, estimated to cost up to £45 million ($57 million USD), will house a 1,000 seat auditorium that will become the new home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

From 69 expressions of interest in the competition, six teams have been selected by IMPACT Scotland’s judging panel as finalists for the commission. The firms are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Inside the Murphy House, RIBA's 2016 House of the Year

12:00 - 20 December, 2016

Last week, Richard Murphy Architects‘Murphy House’ in Edinburgh was named the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 RIBA House of the Year. Built into a hillside lot, the unusual site presented the architects with the opportunity to play, loading the house with an assortment of clever architectural details and mechanics, including a hidden bath in the master bedroom, folding walls, sliding bookshelf ladders and operable clerestory panels.

To capture all these moving parts in their full effect, the architect himself created a video walkthrough of the house. Check it out below.

Thistle / 3DReid

15:00 - 26 July, 2016
Thistle / 3DReid, © Cadzow-Pelosi
© Cadzow-Pelosi

© Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh

06:00 - 26 May, 2016
Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh, Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Edinburgh-based studio, Konishi Gaffney Architects, has won the competition to design a temporary pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo. The Pop-Up Cities Expo is a headline event at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, featuring pop-up pavilions at Mound Square from cities around Europe. Konishi Gaffney will be representing Edinburgh – the host of the expo - with their winning pavilion design.

Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects

11:00 - 25 March, 2016
Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects, © Paul Zanre
© Paul Zanre

© Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre +13

Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects

15:00 - 30 November, 2015
Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter

© Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Richard Murphy, Gareth Jones, James Falconer, Tersius Maass
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?

04:00 - 11 November, 2015
Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?, View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune
View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune

"A spectre," writes Kevin McKenna for The Guardian, "thought happily to have been exorcised from the heart of beautiful Edinburgh, is stalking the city’s old wynds and crevices once more." To put it more bluntly, the "formal recognition of [the Scottish capital] as one of the world’s most beautiful cities is under threat, amid a battle for the soul of its most historic quarter." As the UNESCO inspectorate moves in to determine whether the city's World Heritage Status should be renewed McKenna laments, through a series of case studies, the potentially bleak built future of one of Britain's most loved urban centres.

Making Space for Making Art / Sutherland Hussey Harris

02:00 - 14 September, 2015
Making Space for Making Art / Sutherland Hussey Harris, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter

© Sam Proctor Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Harris Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Harris © Keith Hunter +31

Regency Dormer / Konishi Gaffney Architects

10:00 - 18 April, 2015
Regency Dormer / Konishi Gaffney Architects, © Alan Craigie
© Alan Craigie

© Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie +11

Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence, Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh
Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city - Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the United Kingdom following yesterday's referendum.

7N Architects Unveils Masterplan for Edinburgh's Fountainbridge Site

00:00 - 28 July, 2014
7N Architects Unveils Masterplan for Edinburgh's Fountainbridge Site, Courtesy of 7N Architects
Courtesy of 7N Architects

7N Architects have revealed their designs for the 8.2 acre Fountainbridge site, one of the largest city centre developments in Edinburgh, where they plan 350 homes, a range of workspaces, a 130 room hotel, canalside retail and café space and two arts buildings. The intention for the former industrial zone is to offer "enhanced canalside features, open space and paths for both pedestrian and cycle use."

More on the proposal after the break

Feilden Clegg Bradley to Design Biological Research Labs in Scotland

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Feilden Clegg Bradley to Design Biological Research Labs in Scotland, © Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
© Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new facility hub and two laboratory buildings at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences. The commission, FCBS’ first in Scotland, will also include the modernization of an existing 10-story laboratory tower which was built in the 1960s at the University’s Kings Building Campus.

Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown, © Chris Humphreys
© Chris Humphreys

© Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH6 6EJ, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Simpson & Brown
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Could Mobile Technology Help Us Define "Good" Architecture?

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
Could Mobile Technology Help Us Define "Good" Architecture?, Courtesy of gizmodo.com
Courtesy of gizmodo.com

Architecture researchers in Edinburgh have completed a breakthrough study on brain activity recorded in situ by using mobile electroencephalography (EEG) technology, which records live neural impressions of subjects moving through a city. Excitingly, this technology could help us define how different urban environments affect us, a discovery that could have provocative implications for architecture. Read the full story on Salon. Also, check out this article from Fast Company about how a similar mobile technology could show us the effects of urban design - not on our brains, but on our bodies. 

AD Classics: Scottish Parliament Building / Enric Miralles

01:00 - 14 February, 2011
AD Classics: Scottish Parliament Building / Enric Miralles , Skylights of the Garden Lobby. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body - 2012
Skylights of the Garden Lobby. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body - 2012

Ten years after its completion, the reputation of the Scottish Parliament Building is finally being redefined. Among architects and the academic elite, it has long been heralded as a masterpiece of abstract modernism and perhaps the finest work of Enric Miralles' all-too-short career. For the general public, however, it was initially known mainly in infamy for being overdue, over budget, and for having its commission awarded to a non-Scottish architect. Only now is it beginning to receive the public acceptance it deserves, as the genius of the architecture emerges from the shadow cast by its mired construction process. 

© Dave Morris Photography Debating Chamber. Image © Wikimedia Commons - Mogens Engelund © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body - 2012 MSP Office Building. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body - 2012 +14

The Composting Shed at Inverleith Terrace / Groves-Raines Architects

12:30 - 7 May, 2010
© Dan Farrar
© Dan Farrar

Edinburgh-based Groves-Raines Architects shared with us a recently completed project of a small composting shed in a private garden, which was awarded an American Institute of Architects Excellence in Design Award. The structure is an organic extension of the garden and the woven edging to the paths from which it springs. Its origins are derived from basket weave or hazel hurdles using woven rebar and Corten Steel.

More images after the break.

The Japanese House / Konishi Gaffney Architects

01:00 - 21 March, 2010
The Japanese House / Konishi Gaffney Architects, © Alan Craigie
© Alan Craigie

© Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Kieran Gaffney +29