The Toll House, located in the centre of Edinburgh, has been shortlisted for the Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards 2023 in the Hotel, Retail, and Leisure category. 

The project seeks to bring the addition and the extant together by interpreting meaning from the surrounding place. The existing lower floor and walls have been retained, and the roof replaced with a new trapezoidal pavilion perched over the water. 

Expansive openings connect the interior to the single mature corner tree, to the Canonmills Clock, to the mature bank of trees, and to the bridge and river, bringing its burble into the new restaurant and animating the intersection of streets, imbuing the building with a civic presence. 

Building, bridge, trees, clocktower and river all combine to form a piece of civic drama as the backdrop to a new restaurant offering by Dine. 

The final winners for the 2023 AJ Retrofit Awards will be announced on Thursday 30th March. 

Tollhouse 9
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