Scotlands’s first developer-led mass-timber housing in Edinburgh

By Saudatu Bah
Dezeen Magazine
February 16, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features a mass-timber tenement-style housing development by Scottish studio Fraser/Livingstone. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now. Designed by the studio as a contemporary addition to the historic site, the building is Scotland’s first developer-led, mass-timber housing development in Edinburgh. Named Simon Square, it consists of six flats and replaces an old builder’s yard on a site closely bordered by 19th-century stone tenements, in Edinburgh’s Southside. Readers had a mixed reaction. One described it as “out of character with its context” while another thought “it sits well” and a third agreed saying it’s “sensitive to its period surroundings”.

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