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 2011 Still Life With Apples Building Design
3 November 1994 City Scoops Design Award Evening News
November 1994 Fire Damages Art Gallery The Scotsman
November 1994 Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Detail Magazine No 5
June/July 1994 Fruitmarket Artwork
June 1994 Art Galleries & Museums Architype
21 May 1994 Good, Bad & Downright Ugly The Herald
14 April 1994 Building Of The Year Project Scotland
31 March 1994 Fruitmarket Design Comes Out Tops Herald And Post
March 1994 The Art Of Lighting Aj Focus
March 1994 Fruitmarket Gallery Techniques And Architecture
March 1994 Renovation Of Fruitmarket Museum Management & Curatorship
4 February 1994 Fruitmarket Gallery Bauwelt
22 January 1994 The Bucking Up Of A Modern Trend The Herald
1994 Riba Regional Winners - The Riba Awards For Architecture - The Fruitmarket Gallery Detail
Spring 1994 Contemporary Architecture Prospect
31 December 1993 Best And Worst Of 93 The Herald
December 1993 Fruitmarket Phoenix Architectural Review
October 1993 Edinburgh Fruitmarket Architecture Today
October/November 1993 Into Cultural Aside With Bleezeblock And Cold Classical Artwork 64
30 September 1993 Fruitmarket Gallery Loses Dark Image Project Scotland
19 September 1993 Spoiled By Coy Eroticism The Scotsman
12 September 1993 Juicy Design Makes For A Fruitful Space Sunday Times
6 September 1993 Transformed, No Longer Plan To See The Scotsman
3 September 1993 Photograph & Caption Building Design
20 August 1993 Fruitful Transformation The Herald
August/September 1993 Laing Time Ago The List
1993 Fruitmarket Gallery Press Reception -various-
26 October 1992 Fruitmarket Refurbishment Architects' Journal
October/November 1992 Around The Galleries Artwork 58
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