We conducted a full renovation of a tired Grade A listed apartment in Edinburgh's exclusive Carlton Terrace. The apartment formed part of a former townhouse originally designed by William Henry Playfair, Scotland's most renowned nineteenth-century architect. The client wanted to completely restore the space back to its former glory as it had lost its character over the years due to various commercial uses—it formed part of a hotel in the 1920s and a nursing school for the NHS in the 1970s—before being brashly converted back to a residential property in the 1980s. Almost all of the original period features were removed.
The scale and complexity of this renovation had the potential to throw up a number of challenges so it was important that no stone was left uncovered. We sat down with the client and Block 9 Architects, and had an extensive discussion about the design brief: to create a contemporary, flexible living space that embraces Georgian values of harmony, light and symmetry. The team consulted neighbouring properties that retained most of their original features, taking profiles of the architraves, skirting boards and other mouldings in order to create exact replicas. The team were able to take mouldings from small sections of ornate cornicing that were left.
We've created a space that is light and airy, contemporary in its appeal but nods graciously to its Georgian heritage.