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Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The Fruitmarket sits in the central valley of Edinburgh adjacent to (and above) Waverley Station. Our original commission to facelift the gallery was greatly extended to undertake a complete remodelling . This involved the construction of a new roof which flies over the old parapet thus dramatically increasing the hanging height of the upper gallery. In the centre of the roof are large rooflights and under these is a new staircase connecting the two floors and also bringing light down to the lower level. On the ground floor the cafe and bookshop were relocated to the front facade which was opened to the street as a means of dissolving the threshold and tempting visitors into an intermediate space between street and exhibition. A section of the original stone facade was completely removed, to form the new entrance at street level, and provide space for a hoist at the upper level. In the summer this can be transformed into a balcony by a sliding screen.

From within, the clerestories and new windows give selected vistas of recognisable monuments both near and far around the city linking the experience of the interior to the experience of the city.

Top light is reflected off a central warm air duct with south light animating one side of the central screen. This appears as a hidden source when seen from the street. The new winged roof springs from tree like portal frame columns and the staircase is capable of being raised to allow large objects into the lower gallery. The reception desk and cafe were designed by the office but the bookshop of which they were an intergral part was never constructed.

The project was completed in 1993.

Other Details
Architects Richard Murphy, Graeme Montgomery, Clive Albert, Lee Hallman, Andrew Byrne
Engineers Woolgar Hunter
Quantity Surveyor Ross and Morton
Lighting Consultants Jonathan Spiers & Associates
Colour Consultant Linda Green, Studio Green
Contractor Peel Constracting
Construction Cost £327,000
Client Fruitmarket Board

1993 EAA Silver Medal Award
1993 Civic Trust Award Commendation
1993 RIBA Award

  • February 2011Still Life With ApplesBuilding Design
  • 3 November 1994City Scoops Design AwardEvening News
  • November 1994Fire Damages Art GalleryThe Scotsman
  • November 1994Fruitmarket Gallery, EdinburghDetail Magazine No 5
  • June/July 1994FruitmarketArtwork
  • June 1994Art Galleries & MuseumsArchitype
  • 21 May 1994Good, Bad & Downright UglyThe Herald
  • 14 April 1994Building Of The YearProject Scotland
  • 31 March 1994Fruitmarket Design Comes Out TopsHerald And Post
  • March 1994Fruitmarket GalleryTechniques And Architecture
  • March 1994Renovation Of FruitmarketMuseum Management & Curatorship
  • March 1994The Art Of LightingAj Focus
  • 4 February 1994Fruitmarket GalleryBauwelt
  • 22 January 1994The Bucking Up Of A Modern TrendThe Herald
  • 1994Riba Regional Winners - The Riba Awards For Architecture - The Fruitmarket GalleryDetail
  • Spring 1994Contemporary ArchitectureProspect
  • 31 December 1993Best And Worst Of 93The Herald
  • December 1993Fruitmarket PhoenixArchitectural Review
  • October/November 1993Into Cultural Aside With Bleezeblock And ColdClassical Artwork 64
  • October 1993Edinburgh FruitmarketArchitecture Today
  • 30 September 1993Fruitmarket Gallery Loses Dark ImageProject Scotland
  • 19 September 1993Spoiled By Coy EroticismThe Scotsman
  • 12 September 1993Juicy Design Makes For A Fruitful SpaceSunday Times
  • 6 September 1993Transformed, No Longer Plan To SeeThe Scotsman
  • 3 September 1993Photograph & CaptionBuilding Design
  • 20 August 1993Fruitful TransformationThe Herald
  • August/September 1993Laing Time AgoThe List
  • 1993Fruitmarket Gallery Press Reception-various-
  • 26 October 1992Fruitmarket RefurbishmentArchitects' Journal
  • October/November 1992Around The GalleriesArtwork 58
15 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RW | Tel 0131 220 6125 |