Edinburgh Printmakers named Building of the Year by Edinburgh Architectural Association
The Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) held its annual Design Awards last week with Page\Park’s Edinburgh Printmakers taking home the top prize.
Awarding the project with the ‘Building of the Year’ accolade, judges said the regeneration of the existing Castle Mills Works building on the Fountainbridge site, acts as an anchor in perpetuity to the past whilst stunningly creating visibility and a presence for Edinburgh Printmakers.
“The design’s light touch, fabric first and honest approach to the building fabric, alongside the collaborative and commercially clever, future proofed and flexible approach to the building’s use is exceptional. The building and its architecture supports a community, a social agenda and creates social space – whilst celebrating a piece of Edinburgh’s industrial heritage,” the judges added.
Other projects to be recognised during the online ceremony on November 4 included:
- EAA Large Project Award 2020 - sponsored by Russwood
Sonia Browse Architects - Havenfield Mews
This development of three new houses has a fabric first approach alongside a responsive, elegant design which respects and plays on the architectural features of its neighbours. It is an architecturally inspiring development on a modest budget.
Fletcher Joseph Associates - Kings Stable Road
The judges felt that for a project of this scale, the architects had pushed well beyond what one would normally expect. The courtyard spaces and sustainable initiatives such as the SUDS strategy and rain gardens were employed in achieving RIBA climate challenge 2030 goals.
- EAA Small Projects Award 2020 - sponsored by Fakro
Chambers McMillan Architects - Compact Courtyard House
A clever, inspiring brief and project, which addresses adaptive re-use and the concept of ‘a home’. It is clear from the ingenuity of this project and beautiful floor plan, that the client very much benefited from using an architect. Moves were made that otherwise would not have been seen.
Oliver Chapman Architects - Flitch House
The Flitch house is beautifully executed with exquisite detailing, which really picks up on the period of the original dwelling. The design is almost visceral and a stunning adjunct to the existing property.
- EAA Regeneration & Conservation Award 2020 - sponsored by Cupa Pizarras
Page\Park Architects - Edinburgh Printmakers
Although also in the large project category the judges felt that this project stood out for it’s regeneration of the existing Castle Mills Works building. It acts as an anchor in perpetuity to the past whilst stunningly creating a visibility and presence for Edinburgh Printmakers in the future.
7N Architects - Holyrood Distillery
It is fantastic to see a visitor attraction like this embedded in the city fabric, with a clever courtyard space and a carefully considered extension, which is both understated and beautifully perched on the stone walls to complement the existing buildings. Internally focus is on the distillery but it’s proximity to Holyrood Park looking outwards is not forgotten.
- EAA Wood Award 2020 - sponsored by Wood for Good and Scottish Forestry
Bridgend Community Farmhouse
Designed: Malcolm Fraser Architects; Delivered: Halliday Fraser Munro; Entered; Fraser/Livingstone Architects
A determined example of perseverance and community collaboration, and a wonderful demonstration of socially sustainable architecture. The training and well-being aspect of involving the community in the scorched cladding is a superb idea – inspiring ownership and teamwork.
Kalm Architecture LLP - Windram House
It was lovely to see the mass and thickness of the CLT being used architecturally and proportionally alongside the mass of the existing building. A modern crafted timber approach to extend a traditionally built stone villa.
- EAA Ambassador Award 2020 - sponsored by David Narro Associates
Oliver Chapman Architects - The Egg Shed
The judges felt that The Egg Shed took an existing underused building from the location at the end of Crinan Canal and gave back something way beyond an average solution. The integration of the building use within the community, the awareness of the local fabric and proportionate dedication of floor space within the building was to be commended. The use of colour to celebrate the heritage of the building and it’s context was also applauded.
Simpson & Brown - St Albans Cathedral Welcome & Learning Centre
The welcome and learning centre is beautifully executed with a clever resolution to a difficult brief. It celebrates the details, craftsmanship and materials used within the historic building.