Work has started on-site at a £20 million waterfront residential development at Granton Harbour, Edinburgh designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices.
Plots 27 forms part of the western breakwater edge of the Granton Harbour masterplan. The plot is bounded by the Firth on the west and canals, which are already constructed, to the east and north.
To the south is the main boulevard. Plot 27 has been designed for 132 units, of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with penthouses and duplexes. There is 100% undercroft residents parking and 10% surface parking for visitors. Each ground floor flat has access to front gardens.
The design and massing respond to the nature of the adjacent streets, canals and open spaces. The side canals have an intimate four to five storey scale. With the wider boulevard and the firth, the scale increases to six and seven storeys. There are two highpoints of eight storeys, both on the main canal, one responding to the firth, and the other to a vista within the masterplan.
Each building has six cores entered from street level, and each ground floor apartment can be accessed directly off the street, which promotes an active street frontage. Balconies are provided to all upper apartments to further activate the facade.
The building massing and form articulates and expresses narrow feu plots and has a varied skyline, which is characteristic of Edinburgh architecture. Each of these feu plots is articulated in one of two materials or colours which are built up in a series of layers which add depth and character to the facade.
Neil Haining, Director of Mosaic, said: “The design of the elevations and the use of materials helps to create a development which identifies with the waterfront location in Edinburgh and creates local identity and good place.The building massing, form and fenestration has undergone various developments in the dialogue with the local Planning Authority. Additionally, articulation, skyline, materials, internal planning, tenure mix, amenity space, street interaction, urban design and public realm have all created a rich mix of elements which will create a real sense of place for this development.”