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Lost Spaces | Appetite for Change | Housing the Apprentice Chef

Leith Walk Residential Scheme Jonathan Piper


Project & Tectonic Statements


Mapping a Tectonic Pursuit


Modelling - Exploring Tectonics


Development Protagonist


Architectural Responses to Tectonic Ambition


Tectonic Threads: Assembling a Typical Unit


Environmental & Detail Drawings


Project Statement Known as the main artery connecting Edinburgh’s new town and city docks, Leith Walk is a key hub to up and coming inhabitants among the rapidly developing city. A proposed new masterplan for the area implements traditional grid urban strategies, as response to the growing social deprivation of the area. The project will re-establish existing structures as well as proposing new residential schemes to improve Leith Walk’s current social and educational conditions. These residential propositions introduce community growth, acting as a seed in further establishing lost spaces throughout the city. The development plan for Leith Walk introduces the notion of implementing food and culinary activities as a social catalyst for community growth. Introducing opportunities of interaction, sociability and education among Leith Walk’s residents, the masterplan poses a response to the growing culture in food among the area. Adopting two forms of protagonist, each feeds from and offers to the development program, where cooking classes, training and family team building are provided to the residents of Leith Walk. Housing for apprentice chefs As response to the abundance of culinary variety in the area, the project proposes a new residential scheme housing Apprentice developing city area that possesses numerous cultures and experiences. The architectural scheme employs shared cooking and social spaces, where group activities and learning is encouraged. In addition to communal areas, individual units provide tranquillity after the long hours and heat of a working day. Among a new masterplan of culinary programs, the apprentice chefs are consumed with appropriate skills and opportunities to continue a strong career with food. Housing for Family Owned Businesses Lieth’s multi-cultural inhabitancy calls for a proposal to house the owners of small family businesses in the culinary industry. The proposal provides a live-work scenario whereby the accommodation for restaurant owners is directly above their workplace. Designed as a residential unit for the family of restaurant owners, the scheme considers the relationships between living, working and family routine. The residential accommodation aims to create a sense of ownership within the urban fabric between people from varied backgrounds. The creation of such a community is a tool for regenerating Leith’s ‘Lost space’ and similar areas of urban decay around the city.

Tectonic Model - Folding and wrapping among existing massing

Tectonic Statement The masterplan’s aspiration to promote the culinary arts as a tool for urban regeneration of Lost spaces is embodied in its tectonic ambitions. Common to all the developments in the area is the idea of creating spaces with unique atmospheres through the architectural devices of folding, wrapping and framing. The scheme for the apprentice chef implements traditional brick reclaimed from buildings formerly on the site, paying tribute to the the blocks are offset and create the desired spaces between the wrapping of the façade. The housing for the family owned businesses uses the tectonic devices of folding and framing to unify the residential units with their associated restaurants. The aluminium cladding envelops the residential unit, signifying it as a singular entity accommodating one family.

Mapping a Tectonic Pursuit 5

Modelling - Exploring Tectonics 6

As part of mandatory training, the development offers housing for apprentice chefs. In close proximity to numerous foodplaces and cullinary opportunities, these individuals are given the opportunity to participate in community outrach programmes, interacting with the local community and gaining valuable training experience. In turn, following will provide strong prospects for continued career growth.

Development Protagonist - The Apprentice Chef 7

Leith Docks - A key hub and up and coming area for culinary arts. A tourist spot with an abundance of chef opportunities

Leith Walk - Establishing a strong foundation to culinary education. Large variety of cultural and social opportunities, including the opening of a series of new restaurants, cafes and bars.

New Town, Edinburgh - Home to a series of the city’s finest food establishments. Many opportunities for career beginnings and development.

New Town, Edinburgh - Home to a series of the city’s finest food establishments. Many opportunities for career beginnings and development.



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Leith’s Culinary Links and Further Extents 8

Development Sketches - Site Massing & Establishment Implementing the tectonic devices of wrapping and folding, the building facade responds to the pronounciation of kitchen units on the street level. Offsets create unique spaces to cafe/bar spaces at street level

Units distributed between kitchen zones

Massing Response to Tectonic Ambition 9



Locating Housing for the Ground Apprentice Floor Chef Plan 10

1. Typical Block Entrance Foyer 2. Typical Cafe/Bar Space 3. Resident Laundry Space 4. Resident Private Gardens 5. Cullinary Library 6. Garage Office Extension










Proposed Materplan 11

Investigation precedent, Central London Flat, VW+BS - Folding walls, controllable spaces While exploring possibilities for creating communal spaces for learning and interacting, the fundamental ideas of privacy are of upmost importance in housing apprentice chefs. Following long days in busy restaurant services, it is assumed that closing away all unwanted spaces will create a environment of maximum comfort.




Open Wall System

Closed Wall System

Initial unit investigations - Resident has the ability to control space and living conditions.


Unit development and studies - centralising services to a single side to accomodate comfotable living conditions

Unit Model (1:50) - Investigations in light and shadow

1. Typical Block Entrance Foyer 2. Resident Laundry Space 3. Resident Private Gardens 4. Typical Cafe/Bar Space






5. Communal Kitchen 6. Sunken Communal Dining 7. Communal Terrace 8. Typical Residential Apartment






Communal Kitchen Development Sketches - Sections

Section Through Communal Kitchen (1:100) 17

Unit Development Sketch - Section

Section Through Individual Units (1:100) 18

Communal Kitchen Perspective

Residential Unit Perspective

Interior Visualisation 19

Brick Masonry framing Timber Panelling

Floor-to-ceiling glazing

Glass Ballustrade

Recessed ground floor program, individualising cafes/bars/entrance foyers within

Unit Block facade sketch - Tectonic framing as a device of identifying significance

Street perpsective sketch

Front Elevation 20

Secondary Circulation Floor-to-ceiling glazing

Steel Stair Circulation Ground floor back entry communal laundry area

Secondary Circulation - fire escape required in the event of restricted

Exploded sketch indicating fire stair tectonics

Back Elevation (1:200) 21

Long Section - Offset spaces for 22

Facade Treatment - Reclaimed brick from previous bingo hall. The material is implemented to articulate frames, highlighting the kitchen spaces within

Secondary circulation - steel-structured escape stairs which create a New York-like rear facade to the development. The stairs act as a shading device, giving privacy to the individual bedrooms directly behind.

Model Studies 23

External Perpectives 24

Tectonic Threads - Assembling a Typical Unit 25

Cast Floor Slabs - Poured concrete foundations

Brick Clad Structural Walls - Reclaimed Brick from Bingo Hall

Secondary Structure - Reinforced Concrete Beams

Tertiary Structure - Concrete Blocks

Floor Plates - Combined Structure & Services

Exterior Facade Panels - Timber Clad Boards

Interior Partition Walls - Timber Stud & Plasterboard


Glazing & Ballustrades

Primary Circulation - Shallow Stair Around Central Kitchen Atrium

Secondary Circulation - Steel Bar Fire-Escapes

While the two storey atrium provides valuable experiences to chefs in training, the space must be properly ventilated for optimal useage. A cross-ventilation strategy extracts air from the main space, while immediate cooking fumes are removed by installed extractors . Communal Cooking Space - Environmental Repsonse

Perspective Section (1:100) 26

Initial detail sketches - investigations into the continuation of a tectonic ambition.

Construction Detail - Kitchen Unit Section (1:20) 27 8

Primary Structure - Brick Clad Load-bearing Walls

Concrete Floor Plate Fronts Heated underfloor pipes on heat emission plate Secondary Structure - Concrete Beams

Tertiary Structure - Concrete Blocks

Exterior Surfacing - Timber boards on battons Brick Slip Soffit - Veneer brick faces wrap around the underside of the building

Construction Construction Detail -Detail Kitchen - Establishing Unit Isometric Materiality (1:100) 28 8

Construction Detail - Communal Terrace Spaces 29

Tectonics | Lost Spaces | Housing the Apprentice Chef  
Tectonics | Lost Spaces | Housing the Apprentice Chef  

As response to the abundance of culinary variety Edinburgh, the project proposes a new residential scheme housing Apprentice Chefs. The prop...