Mossman Houses

ARCADE Architects, Edinburgh, 2001


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Pair of houses, lit both by dormers and ridge rooflights 

Douglas Corrance     Download Original

  • Pair of houses, lit both by dormers and ridge rooflights    
  • Rear elevation of small bedroom/bathroom windows and more expansive top floor     
  • Kitchen seen from dining area with the view down to the living area on the left    
  • The stair lightens as it rises    
  • Living room with storage wall fronting higher level kitchen area beyond    
  • Doors have sliding shutters    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper floor    
  • Cross section    

Renovations and solutions to an idiosyncratic space, including one large living/kitchen/dining space plus upstairs kitchen and dining area

The clients had owned three single-storey garages in the mews for a number of years and wanted to retire from the country. They were looking for a pair of new mews houses to replace the garages, to provide a house for themselves, and another to let out.

The main design move is in the interior cross section so as to maximise the accommodation and create spacious and exciting living spaces within this relatively constricted site.

The principal living spaces are arranged on split levels under a top lit pitched roof, with bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and garages lying on the levels below. The building presents an entrance frontage in stone on Merchiston Mews and a rendered frontage to Dorset Place.

During the design phase an energy assessment was carried out so as to optimise insulation, boiler type and glazing.


  • Begun: May 2000
  • Completed: Jan 2001
  • Floor area: 230m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £241,089
  • Tender date: Dec 1999
  • Procurement: Scottish Building Contract with Quantities
  • Address: Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh, EH10 4PE, United Kingdom

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