Oct 05, 2017 / Interiors
Eden Locke Edinburgh by Grzywinski+Pons

Eden Locke Edinburgh is a minimalist hotel located in Edinburgh, Scotland, designed by Grzywinski+Pons. Eden Locke is a 72 room hotel with a cafe and bar on the ground floor that we designed in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The project was a complete gut renovation and comprehensive fit out of an existing hybridized structure. The architects took an 18th Century Georgian mansion and its 20th Century extension down to their respective bones and created the hotel from there. With a dash of reverence, the designers sought to embellish the building in our own way, and from the inside out. They celebrated the existing heritage details, in particular the fenestration and their surrounds. They amplified the visual warmth of the long Scottish light with an approach that leaned towards the sophisticatedly tropical.

The intention was that the tension between the severe and stony building fabric and the verdant interior would foster measured incongruity where one exalts the other. Grzywinski+Pons also designed much of the furniture and all of the joinery and employed bent wood, cane, wicker and terra cotta in equal measure with brass, stone, cementitious cladding and steel, all of which sits amongst ample vegetation. At the thresholds into the building they paid special attention as to how to architecturally transition between both the spaces and the eras. Glazed fanlights and wrought iron are framed by glass, timber and stone vestibules. Vignettes of the space within are shown to the street and the exterior ashlar and interior elevations form a studied composition on the facade.

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