Housing at Dublin Street Lane, Edinburgh
This project was won in in a limited competition in 1994 but was not constructed until some time afterwards. The starting point for the design of this housing project was the realisation that the site represented one of the very few examples of a land use pattern in the Georgian New Town that predates the New Town's construction. The buildings that existed on the site were of indeterminate age, but the footprint of them could be traced back to the partially destroyed Broughton Village, which as can be seen from the succession of maps originally sat in countryside, had been scheduled for total elimination, but eventually found itself encircled by New Town tenements. There is therefore an almost archaeological significance to the site and although it was impossible to save or reuse the existing buildings, we elected to preserve broadly their footprint and also to a degree the spirit of an organically planned village. In this sense we designed the antithesis of the formality and hierarchy of the New Town pattern.
Our project consists of a walled precinct of houses arranged in two three storey "ranges" corresponding to previous buildings. The vehicle and pedestrian gates of the precinct are and both marked by three storey gate houses. Most of the project is for one and two bedroom flats except for six family houses on the north side.
In the spirit of reinterpreting the medieval, all apartments are reached by external staircases, Living rooms of the top floor flats are placed under the section of the roof with ridge light glazing. All the elevations are freely composed and include timber panels (a memory of the former timber yard nearby) and the spaces between the building's develop in an equally informal manner.
The project was completed in 2000.
|Architects||Richard Murphy, Matt Bremner, Oliver Chapman, Keith Ross, Lesley Dell|
|Engineers||Laird Menzies Partnership|
|Quantity Surveyor||Thomas and Adamson|
|CDM Planning Supervisor||Ross and Morton|
|Contractor||Watson Construction Ltd|
|2000||Saltire Award Commendation|
|2001||EAA Award Commendation|
|August 2017||Seriality in Architecture||Tripod Magazine|
|February 2011||Housing In Edinburgh||Architecture & Detail, No 17 - 2001, Volume 9|
|21 October 2004||Traversing The Great Divide||The Scotsman|
|21 November 2001||A Struggle To Stop Britain Living In The Past||Financial Times|
|January 2001||Doors Into Windows||Aj Focus|
|27 July 2000||Auld Reekie's New Village||Architects' Journal|
|15 July 2000||Settling In The Colonies||The Scotsman Magazine|
|December 1999||New Into Old : Old Into New||Arca Issue No. 3|
|August 1999||Small Yet Perfectly Formed||Homes & Interiors Scotland|
|11 March 1999||Adventurous In The New Town||Scotsman Property Weekly|
|August 1998||Old For New||Prospect|
|2 February 1998||Shock Of The New||The Sunday Times|
|November 1994||Murphy's Magic||The Edinburgh Property Executive|
|November 1994||New Town, New Talent||Riba Journal|
|November 1994||Dublin Street Lane Competition||Riba Journal|
|Nov /Dec 1994||Design Award||The Register|