Hotel Missoni

Allan Murray Architects, Edinburgh, 2009


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Elevation to Edinburgh's Royal Mile 

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  • Elevation to Edinburgh    
  • View along George IV Bridge    
  • Hotel Missoni seen from the junction of Victoria street and Bank street    
  • George IV Bridge facade    
  • The curve of Hotel Missoni    
  • View facing up Victoria Street    
  • Each facade is designed to respond to its neighbours    
  • Facade detail    
  • Facade detail    
  • Wooden details on facade    
  • Archway into interior of building    
  • Hotel reception desk    
  • Interior    
  • The hotel interiors were designed by Matteo Thun and Partners    
  • Bedroom    
  • View of the restaurant    
  • View of the restaurant    
  • The curve of Hotel Missoni    
  • Level 6 penthouse suite plans    
  • Ground floor isometric    
  • Context section    
  • Cross Section    
  • Long section    
  • George IV Bridge elevation    
  • Victoria Street elevation    
  • Lawnmarket elevation    
  • Lawnmarket elevation    

The 1960s Lothian Region Council Headquarters was demolished to make way for a new mixed use building including a hotel, bank branch and retail space on the Royal Mile

The buildings sits on the pivot point of three striking different characters of Edinburgh’s Old Town - the Medieval Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile, the curving street of Victoria Street and the broad Victorian Improvement Street of George IV Bridge.

Different approaches were applied to each of the buildings street facades - an analogy of the “end grain” of Royal Mile frontages with vertical emphasis and a timber jetted segue piece; three ‘palazzi’ frontages of stone tracery respond to the Victorian public buildings on George IV Bridge; and a new, arcaded entrance on Victoria Terrace.

Arcades are introduced, inspired by the tradition of hard-won public space carved out of the urban frontages, to establish entrances for several additional uses brought to the site.

The re-animation of the street with many uses - shops, cafe, hotel entrance, conference and health facilities, as well as a branch of a bank - is critical to the success of the design, and this extends to reinstating the historic vennels though and courtyards within the site, where a new glass enclosed restaurant is located.


  • Begun: May 2007
  • Completed: May 2009
  • Floor area: 11,720m2
  • Sector: Hotel
  • Total cost: £29.8M
  • Procurement: Traditional contract for demolition and two-stage design and build for main works
  • Address: 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 AD, United Kingdom

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