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Melville crescent

5 Melville Crescent blends historical elegance with contemporary design and craftsmanship. Originally built in 1855, the grandeur and elegance of this impressive ‘A’ Listed building draws inspiration from Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture. Carefully restored and reimagined, this historic West End property now offers five spacious apartments, each individually designed to make the most of the building’s fine architectural features and classic proportions.

The apartments’ stunning contemporary design, craftsmanship and the latest technology blend seamlessly with preserved and restored period detailing, resulting in an exceptional development that redefines modern city centre living. LBA has designed the luxury apartments to make the most of the building’s existing architecture, from fully equipped ‘chef’ kitchens, to luxurious designer bathrooms; setting high standards in luxury living.

The principal concept of the kitchen design was to marry the tones of the room; the wall units to the walls; and the kitchen island to the flooring so both elements effectively vanish within the space. In Apartment Three, the bespoke screen-printed linen ceiling pendants with hand painted metallic highlights from Hatti Pattisson complement the earthy tones of the room to create a unique, and luxurious look to the space.

One of the beautiful features of 5 Melville Crescent is the Master Bedroom of Apartment Three, that utilises the refurbished original floor to ceiling windows and timber shutters to maximise natural light in the space. This natural light is further exploited to illuminate the internal entrance hall via clear storey frameless glass intersecting the cornice. It forms the top of a partition which creates circulation space to access the 2 bedrooms. This cut-out not only provides natural light for the hall, when it is combined with the fawn coloured 100% wool carpet in the bedroom and the tones of the original fireplace, it accentuates the luxurious, expansive feel of the Master Bedroom.

The cornice detailing throughout the apartments has been sensitively and carefully restored, completing the beautiful juxtaposition of historic and modern aesthetics. The newly defined building enhances the apartments’ interior space whilst seamlessly and sensitively blending ‘old’ and ‘new’ in a contemporary setting.

what the client has to say

“LBA worked with us to develop our vision in their design for 5 Melville Crescent, helping us to fulfil the full potential of the site. Their creative talent, practical management, support, and collaborative approach throughout the entire journey from inception to completion was vital to the project’s success.”


Contractor: SJS

Structural Engineer: Narro Associates

Quantity Surveyor: Axiom 

Acoustic Engineer: RMP

Fire Engineer: Astute

Interiors: LBA/Catalog/Arusha

PROJECT details

Client: Private

Location: Edinburgh

Status: Complete

Sector: Residential/Conservation


2018 Herald Property Awards for Scotland, Best Show Home: FINALIST

2019 Scottish Home Awards, Renovation of the Year: FINALIST

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