Kenneth Reid Architects - Edinburgh


Abbotsford Mews, Edinburgh

Old & New

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Hidden away behind the busy shops on Morningside Road, this jewel is reached by the narrowest of closes between a church and retail units.

Most recently, this building was used as a Masonic Lodge but the house dates back to Sir Walter Scott’s time and was used as his Edinburgh country house when he wished to get away from his old town residence. The Bartholomew family also once resided there before it became a lodge.

Although listed, none of the original features were left and it was therefore possible to utilise the height of the original two storey house and insert two new floors into the shell, thus creating two three-storey large four-bedroom family homes.

Using the front of the existing house as a setting out point, four chic new townhouses fit snugly into the site into the area which was previously a car park.

A secluded courtyard has been created which at the same time has an open airy feeling to it which is normally not associated with mews/townhouse developments.

KRA have used the solid old materials as a foil for new complementary materials such as steel, stone and cedar paneling, which are used in a contemporary fashion but which blend in well.