Lynsay Bell Architecture

Russell Road—

Client—

Thistle Property Group

Site—

16 Russell Road, Edinburgh

Stage—

Complete summer 2016

Project Details—

This project involves the conversion of a traditional two-storey red brick telephone exchange into six 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The proposals will completely transform the existing property, incorporating new slim framed black aluminium windows and doors with zinc clad features and sharp detailing. The existing roof is to be completely removed allowing for a further two apartments with a metal standing seam roof and contemporary chamfered dormers.

The interiors are to be minimal using a simple contemporary palette of finishes and colours, creating contemporary homes for young professionals. Internal doors all extend to ceiling height allowing the rooms to flow while reflecting the surrounding industrial properties.

Architect’s insight—

Upon first visiting this brick office building, we saw it held considerable potential to become a unique residential development. The ceiling heights and large windows give the proposed flats generous proportions which we have maximised, and, together with the bespoke metal staircase and matching doors, we feel that the flats will have a strong identity.