Doors Open Days 2018 celebrates architecture in all its forms - from the very ancient to ultra-modern, well-loved to little-known. Enjoy free access to buildings you wouldn’t normally get into as well as special events at public buildings.
Some this of this year's buildings are designed by RIAS Members, some of which are listed below. The RIAS are also delighted to be involved in the programme. The doors to RIAS HQ will be open to the public from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday 29th September. Pop by for a tour of the building, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BE.
MANSFIELD TRAQUAIR: Simpson & Brown Architects carried out a project which involved the comprehensive repair of the external building fabric, and the extensive remodelling of the interior to provide modern office space. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/mansfield-traquair-centre/
MERCHANT’S HALL: Oberlanders Architects have assisted with the refurbishment of the magnificent Category A Listed Merchants’ Hall for The Company of Merchants of The City of Edinburgh. Work included interior design to the main Hall, Court Room and associated Crush Hall / Reception Area; incorporating a new heating system and lighting which highlights architectural features such as the dome, paintings and sculptures. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/merchants-hall/
MCEWAN HALL: Restoration work by LDN Architects. McEwan Hall was presented to the University in 1897 by William McEwan, both as a ceremonial hall for graduations and as a gift to the people of Edinburgh. Designed by Sir Rowand Anderson. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/university-of-edinburgh-mcewan-hall/
NATIONAL MUSEUMS COLLECTION CENTRE: Hypostyle Architects were commissioned in September 2014 as lead consultant for a new build extension to Building 1 to accommodate research lab and treatment facilities plus supporting offices. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/national-museums-collections-centre/
NORTH EDINBURGH ARTS: The North Edinburgh Arts venue, an award-winning building by Zoo / ZM Architects completed 2002, offers a place to meet, to make and see art, encouraging debate, exchange and new ideas. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/north-edinburgh-arts-garden/ ORIAM – SCOTLAND’S SPORTS PERFORMANCE CENTRE: Reiach and Hall Architects were shortlisted for an RIAS award in 2018 for their work on this building. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/oriam-scotlands-sports-performance-centre/
PALMERSTON PLACE CHURCH: Tod & Taylor Architects
The re-ordering of the worship area and formation of a welcome area with nearby toilets and pantry facilities. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/palmerston-place-church/
RAMP HOUSE: Designed by Chambers McMillan Architects Ltd and Oliver Chapman Architects Ltd An award-winning two storey wheelchair accessible family home and studio on a tight urban site based around an unfolding 28m long ramp. It has resulted in a design that is both open plan and complex, with spaces connecting whilst still feeling separate and able to be used for different purposes. A restrained front façade using stone and shingles contrasts with the copper clad playful forms of the garden façade. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/the-ramp-house/
RIDDLE’S COURT: LDN Architects were responsible for the HLF and Historic Scotland funded conservation and redevelopment of the building as the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning, a multi-purpose flexible events venue. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/riddles-court/
ROYAL OBSERVATORY EDINBURGH: Offices and laboratories were designed by architects Bennetts Associates and completed in 2004. Gray, Marshall & Associates were commissioned in August 2009 to carry out design and specification works to replace 2 no. copper dome roofs (East and West) over the existing telescopes, to design scaffolding for access and wind/rain/snow protection for duration of works and carry out high level stone repairs. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/royal-observatory-edinburgh/
ST ANDREW’S & ST GEORGE’S WEST: Gray, Marshall & Associates. The scope of work included re-decoration and re-lighting of the church initially and was later increased to include floor strengthening, re-lighting, new AV installation, some pew removal, new lift, new toilets and re-decoration of the fine interior. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-andrews-and-st-georges-west-church/
ST BERNARD’S WELL: Gray, Marshall & Associates The restoration of the ‘A’ listed domed pump house designed by Alexander Naismith (1789) and based on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli was the final project in The Twelve Monuments Restoration Project, a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust (EWHT), grant aided by Historic Scotland through EWHT. The project comprised stonework repairs, lime mortar re-pointing, specialist leadwork including a new roof and repairs to and re-securing the lead pineapple finial, repairs to the statue of Hygeia and conservation of stucco and cement decorations to the roof space inside the dome. Internal works included mosaic repairs, removal of salt efflorescence and restoration of the spout and pump mechanism. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-bernards-well/
ST CUTHBERTS, EDINBURGH: Tod & Taylor Architects
The re-ordering of the interior to provide toilets, kitchen, meeting area and large hall, all served by lift access. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-cuthbert-s-church-kirk-of-the-castle-rock-and-princes-street-gardens/
STEINER KINDERGARTEN: Benjamin Tindall Architects This kindergarten was developed and self-built by Benjamin Tindall Architects in 1991 with very close collaboration and much help from the staff, pupils and parents of the school. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/edinburgh-steiner-school-kindergarten-building/
ST CECILIA’S HALL: PagePark Architects. Recipient of an RIAS Award in 2018, this redevelopment of St. Cecilia's Hall involved the conservation and repair of the existing Category A listed building; the bringing together of the musical instrument collections of the University of Edinburgh under one roof; and the full refurbishment and expansion of the existing gallery spaces and Concert Room. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-cecilias-hall-museum-of-musical-instruments/
ST COLUMBA’S HOSPICE: Oberlanders Architects. This project, following earlier commissions from St Columba’s Hospice, forms a two storey office extension for the Hospice’s administration. The building is partly sunk into the landscape and the seminar rooms on the first-floor level have spectacular views over the Firth of Forth. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-columbas-hospice/
ST MICHAEL & ALL SAINTS CHURCH: 'A' listed, by R. Rowand Anderson, 1866-78, for which Gray, Marshall & Associates have prepared four quinquennial reports, carried out alteration work to accommodate a new heating installation and advised on rot eradication and repair works. Two phases of grant-aided external fabric repairs (Phase 2 completed 2006) were followed by internal work, including new toilets, kitchen, re-lighting and re-decoration (2007-08). Fabric repairs to the church were carried out by Tina Avery Architect. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/st-michael-and-all-saints-church/
SUTHERLAND & CO. ARCHITECTS: Sutherland & Co.’s studio is located in the seaside town of North Berwick. Occupying a former lane running between the High Street and Forth Street, the property is 45m deep and only 3m wide. The present building dates from the 1940s and has an ar deco influenced facade. The first floor studio has recently been refurbished by Sutherland & Co. using a palette of self-finish materials. Tour info here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/east-lothian/sutherland-co-architects/
VINE TRUST BARGE: NORR Consultants Archial worked on behalf of The Vine Trust charity on the refit of a former MOD vessel, at a permanent mooring in Leith. The project includes teaching areas, cinema, exhibition space and a multipurpose outdoor performance stage, as well as office accommodation. Tour dates and booking info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/vine-trust-barge/
Doors Open Days is a national event run by Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk. Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month, take place throughout Scotland in September and are part of European Heritage Days.
The Cockburn Association is a 140 year old Scottish Charity (SC011544) which works to promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh's landscape and historic and architectural heritage, and encourage high quality contemporary design for buildings that blend with and enhance their surroundings.