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17 Royal Terrace Mews, Edinburgh

17 Royal Terrace Mews, Edinburgh

This former 1820's stable and hayloft, unlike many Edinburgh mews properties, had not yet been converted to residential use when we were commissioned to convert it into a one bedroom flat for rent. Our conversion is meant to express the idea of a new house found within the repaired shell of the existing stable so that the history of the building is expressed, particularly on the front façade.

To obtain planning permission a garage was required so the majority of living accommodation is found at first floor level. To accommodate this the original first floor level was lowered and this is expressed, on the front elevation, in a steel channel which also forms the runner for the garage door. The asymmetrical planar language of the new architecture finds expression in panels of glass block and lead on this façade, the latter appearing to form an inner skin behind the stone but in reality dressed into either shadow gaps or mirrors. Internally the lead masks two internal panels which close the whole front façade at night.

Internally the flat is a continual space culminating in a bedroom, the spaces distributed around the path of the sun which is admitted through a dramatic ridge roof light. This single act brings all the necessary extra light into the property while still maintaining the integrity of the uninterrupted slate roofs. Internally mirrors are placed under the ridge to extend the space laterally and to throw light around the room in opposition to the path of the sun. Much of the furniture, including wardrobes, desk and even the bed were designed as part of the commission.

The house was completed in 1995.

Other Details
Architects Richard Murphy, Graeme Mitchell, Mark Floate
Engineers David Narro Associates
Contractor Inscape Joinery
Construction Cost £95,000
Client Ms Carol Grigor

1996 RIBA / Ibstock National Housing Category Award
1996 RIAS Regeneration Design Award
1996 RIBA Stirling Shortlist
1996 RIBA Award
1998 Civic Trust Award Commendation

  • 18 June 2006Doctor Mews - Architect's Dream Home Is Tardis-like RevelationSunday Mail
  • October 1998Vom Stall Zur WohnungZukunft Wohnen
  • 6 September 1998Grand Ideas For Small SpacesSunday Times
  • 5 October 1997Journey Into SpaceScotland On Sunday
  • January 1997Edinburgh Mews Wins AwardHomes & Interiors Scotland
  • 30 November 1996The Little House With Big IdeasThe Times
  • 11 November 1996Talented Line Up For Architecture's BookerFinancial Times
  • 10 November 1996Six Of The BestSunday Times
  • 8 November 1996The Stirling AwardsThe Guardian
  • Spring 1996Royal Terrace MewsArq Number 3 Volume 1
  • April 1996Royal Terrace Mews, EdinburghDetail Magazine No 3
  • 21 September 1995Layering New With The OldArchitects' Journal
  • 2 February 1995Project Review - Houses And HousingArchitects' Journal
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