11 Gayfield Street

Clare Slifer Architects, Edinburgh, 2012


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Primary elevation 

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  • Primary elevation    
  • Mezzanine view    
  • Apse curve    
  • Side elevation    
  • Stair    
  • Handrail    
  • Scribed curve    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Mezzanine plan    
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  • Standard wall and floor details    

New home for K2 Projects, a stationery design office of 12 staff

11 Gayfield Street is a B-listed church auditorium in Edinburgh’s New Town. A single volumed, single aspect building, rich in architectural detailing, its’ listing required any intervention to hold off the existing fabric.

I proposed a series of architectural “insertions”, pieces of furniture, openable and inhabitable, scribed to but distinct from the historic walls.

The primary element encloses an intimate meeting room and storage at ground floor, with a mezzanine above and from which access to existing rooms was possible.

Secondary storage walls of the same scale, materiality and language provided architectural cohesion.

In eroding the corner and front elevation of the inhabited insertion with large glazed units and repeating the openings above, I minimised its visual weight within the space.

A simple, contemporary and light-weight palette of white faced ply panelling, oak veneered birch ply as ribboning emphasis to all openings, the insertions slot subtly into their historic setting.


  • Begun: Nov 2011
  • Completed: Mar 2012
  • Floor area: 150m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £65,000
  • Tender date: Sep 2011
  • Procurement: JCT SBCC Minor Works Building Contract for use in Scotland
  • Address: 11 Gayfield Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NR, United Kingdom

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