Design Awards 2013
261 West Princes Street
Elder and Cannon
A redevelopment on the site of a pre-existing Drill Hall set within the restricted confines of a tenement backcourt, two new blocks of student residences providing 66 flats have been constructed, linked to the conversion of the existing red sandstone former Ballet School on West Princes Street. In total the development provides 103 self contained studio apartments.
The development retains the original Ballet School building on West Princes Street and the new blocks form a coherent grouping to the rear that with the removal of the Drill Hall opens up the site to afford amenity and improved aspect and daylight, not least for the neighbouring residents.
The design approach is essentially simple and rational, arranging the two newbuild blocks in a clear relationship with the existing building to create a series of courtyards that are perceived as large outdoor garden rooms. Though discreet, these are visible from the street via the tall existing pend that provided access to the Drill Hall.