The Southside

The site sits in a mainly tenemental, socially-diverse, inner-city residential area and currently houses a single storey, streetside, flat-roofed workshop. It is tightly wrapped by stone, brick and harled properties with a blank tenement gable to the north and buildings to the south and west with very narrow gardens tight against the site.

CLIENT / Seven Hills Property

ARCHITECT / Fraser/Livingstone Architects

Gross Internal Area / 6 flats, 434m2

Brief / Private apartments to replace an existing workshop

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A Little Court and a Modelled Form

The proposal pulls itself up to its north boundary, against its neighbour's gable, creating a small, shared entrance court - Simon Court - to the south, protected from the street but enlivening it.

The 4m tall boundary wall is lowered to 2.4m, letting light and space into the neighbour's narrow gardens. The building form is then modelled, chamfering and serrating it to, at one and the same time, avoid overlooking neighbours' windows, direct views out to trees and along the street to good local buildings, grab the sun and make good, useful room shapes.

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Six Homes

There will be six new apartments arranged over a stepped three and four-storey form, planned around a central stair entered from the new Court. The rear ground floor apartment is afforded a skinny garden court and the double-upper, top-floor one, living spaces on the upper floor spilling out to a glorious south facing terrace with views out over Edinburgh.

A Masonry Monolith

Historically the Southside is stone - great, solid, masonry monoliths. Recent interventions have been in brown brick, with a return to stone deployed as scenic heritage wallpaper, thin and unconvincing - and strangely non-contextural. Simon Court proposes brick with a lime slaister-coat dragged across it, to lose the "brickiness" and attain a satisfying monolithic solidity.

FLA Team / Andrew Gillespie, Malcolm Fraser, Robin Livingstone

Structural Engineer / Elliott&Co

Costs, PD / David Adamson Group

Services / Harley Haddow

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