HESTIA WINTER 2018 | ISSUE 1
HESTIA A summary of 2018 WE ARE LBA. Learn the values that drive us LIBERTON BARNS Inner-city country living
WOODHALL DRIVE, EDINBURGH PHOTOGRAPHY | KEVIN MCCOLLUM
Hello & Welcome
elcome to the first LBA magazine, Hestia. Named after the Greek Goddess of architecture, Hestia endeavours to showcase LBA's projects, connect with local businesses and excite readers interested in architecture and design. 2018 was an exciting year for the team at LBA, not only did we welcome three new staff members, we have completed numerous projects including the amazing Liberton Barns, and the conversion of 5 Melville Crescent. We were the recipients of Best Renovation/Conversion for Williamstone Farm Steadings at The Herald Property Awards and won the Innovation in Design award the Scottish Home Awards for their project Woodhall Drive with Glencairn Properties. The practice is always looking ahead and are excited to be launching a second studio in Kinross early 2019! The new office will allow the team to support their projects north of the central belt. I hope you enjoy reading Hestia as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Vanessa Rankin Editor
9 Liberton Barns LBA & Glencairn Properties complete three, four-bedroom innovative townhouses in Liberton, Edinburgh.
We are LBA. Our team and their individual talents is what makes LBA one of Scotlandâ€™s leading architecture firms.
Melville Crescent The conversion of 5 Melville Crescent into five luxury apartments, giving the townhouse that was previously used as office space a new lease on life.
The Creativeâ€™s Escape
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On the cover this issue: Liberton Barns Photo credit: Vanessa Rankin, LBA Contributors: Catalog Interiors Hatti Pattisson
ANNUAL REFLECTIONS Lynsay Bell Manson wraps up 2018 and looks forward to 2019.
y team often don’t realise or believe me when I tell them how much they are continually inspiring me and this is definitely amplified during our individual ‘Annual Reflections’ in December, where we share our journey over the year, reminisce and plan for the future. This year we have had weddings, qualifications, triathlons, awards, new LBA family members, new homes, a magazine, new website, the office bake off and lots more to be proud of. The value of looking back on our successes and our learnings as well as setting our goals and aspirations for the year ahead is not only critical for our professional growth but most importantly our personal growth. ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘mindfulness’ can often be overused, clichéd and slightly irritating terms. I can often hear my grandmother saying ‘pull your bloody socks up and get on with it dear’, however it is all too easy to become overwhelmed with life. December is a chance to hit that reset button and remind ourselves to set personal targets, invest in
Lynsay Bell Manson Managing Director
personal interests and spend valuable time with the people you love - which is all part of looking after and nurturing our soul. It is these elements that really knit together our team and help define our shared goals and values. As the year draws to a close I can put my erratic behaviour at the council office reception desk, the projects that never quite got off the ground and my failed office bake off competition behind me. 2019 is going to be great. We have some big plans for the year, including a new office, an in-house construction project (yes, we will be physically building ourselves!) and the launch of a social enterprise. We have had some exceptionally talented people join the team this year and we will be looking to recruit again at the start of the year; adding a Part 2 graduate and Senior Technician to our strong team of 14. We would like to thank all our fantastic clients and consultants for your support. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019.
CHIARA FINGLAND | AWARD WINNING WILLIAMSTONE FARM STEADINGS
LIBERTON TOWER MAINS | REUSE OF ORIGINAL STONE
LIBERTON BARNS A touch of inner-city country living
BA and Glencairn are Director Lynsay Bell Manson. extrememly proud of this The original stone has been unique development located re-used and incorporated into in Liberton, Edinburgh. the design of the development, The innovative four- adding a key visual feature to bedroom, two storey townhouse the design. Although, what is properties are located on a unique really unique about this design is site in Liberton, Edinburgh. The the slatted timber cladding that site used to house a derelict encases the building. It wraps agricultural shed that sat both solid and voids, with the within a collection of previously spacing of the cladding-over the converted steading buildings. windows and openings allows Over-looking open fields towards glimpses of light and movement the Royal Observatory and to reveal subtle hints of what is Liberton Tower, Liberton Barns concealed within. The timber will mimics the old agricultural shed ‘silver’ over time, again adding to in terms of massing, form and the rural feel of the townhouses. materials to provide three open The internal design of the plan contemporary townhouses. townhouses is highly contemporary “The rubble stone wall which and innovative focused around a wrapped two sides of the central fully glazed external void derelict shed was key in defining courtyard, which cuts through the new buildings floor plate and the roof and down through site edge”, said LBA Managing both floors of the properties.
For LBA, bringing an abundance of natural light into the townhouses was crucial to the success of the design to these narrow floor plates. On entering the building at ground level, there is a covered entrance hallway, which leads past the glazed internal courtyard to the staircase, taking you up to the first floor open plan living area above. The four bedrooms are all located on the ground floor with two double bedrooms opening onto the courtyard and a further two bedrooms located to the rear of the property. There is also a smaller private courtyard connected to the Master Bedroom with framed views through the stone wall across the fields to the West. The first floor showcases the open plan living and dining areas expansive views. The impressive vaulted ceilings lead to a large external partially covered terrace with a frameless glass balustrade. The opening in the partially covered terrace captures the sun during the day whilst also allowing for a sheltered area to dine in the evening. The terrace enjoys the views over the field towards the setting sun. Lynsay Bell Manson, added: “We’re extremely proud of this development with Glencairn Properties – it’s been a labour of love. The new occupants are in for a treat with the low-level evening sun and how it will dance over the development, it’s spectacular.”
PHOTOGRAPHY | VANESSA RANKIN, LBA
WE ARE LBA. O
ur values help us create the future we want to see, experience and be a part of.
This year, the whole LBA team was involved in the collaborative process to redefine the cutural values that underpin everything that LBA does and will do. We collectively decided on the values of Creativity, Trust and Family. With this in mind, we collaborated with designer Kestin Hare, Charlie Miller Hairdressing and photographer, Julie Layton to undertake an amazing photoshoot to capture the team in an environment that we created - Liberton Barns.
VIEW OVER LIVING AREA TO THE OPEN FIELD AT LIBERTON BARNS | PHOTOGRAPHY: VANESSA RANKIN
DIRECTORS GARETH AND MARK WITH MANAGING DIRECTOR LYNSAY | PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE LAYTON PHOTOGRAPHY
orking across multiple sectors from private residential projects to commercial mixed-use developments, we approach the design of each project by acquiring a deep understanding of its unique circumstances; studying the physical site with its acquired history and environmental factors to design environments that enrich peopleâ€™s lives. Our approach to every project is open, innovative and challenging to create distinctive, unique designs that unlock the full potential of our clients vision.
FULLY GLAZED LINK AT WILLIAMSTONE FARM STEADINGS | PHOTOGRAPHY: JANE BARLOW
THE LBA TEAM | PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE LAYTON PHOTOGRAPHY
e pride ourselves on our ethical, honest and transparent approach to all projects â€“ we believe good design is about clarity over style and about accountability over ego. Our commitment to everyone we work alongside internally and externally is evident in our repeat client and consultant relationships and long standing members of our team. We foster our relationships which are based on shared values, respect and honesty. 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: THINREDLINE DESIGN
AWARD WINNING WOODHALL DRIVE | PHOTOGRAPHY: KEVIN MCCOLLUM
W CHIARA, JOHN AND SAMANTHA, OUR GRADUATE TEAM | PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE LAYTON
e are a band of makers â€“ curious, industrious and experimental. Grounded by our core values; Creative, Family and Trust. We are making today what we believe will inspire and connect people tomorrow. Togerther our skillsets and varied experience allows us to support one another and the wider design team in creating authentic and leading architectual solutions. We strive to inspire our clients and take them on an exciting and enjoyable collaborative journey through the entire design process.
5 MELVILLE CRESCENT A Victorian townhouse in the West End of Edinburgh blends historical elegance with contemporary design and craftsmanship.
APARTMENT 2, 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: HATTIE PATTISSON
riginally built in 1855, the grandeur and elegance of this impressive ‘A’ Listed building draws inspiration from Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture. Carefully restored and reimagined, this historic West End property now offers five spacious apartments, each individually designed to make the most of the building’s fine architectural features, classic proportions and outdoor features. The
contemporary design, craftsmanship and the latest technology blend seamlessly with preserved and restored period detailing, resulting in an exceptional development that redefines modern city centre living. LBA has designed the luxury apartments to make the most of the building’s existing architecture, from fully equipped ‘chef’ kitchens, to luxurious designer bathrooms; setting high standards in luxury living.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR, 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: VANESSA RANKIN
The kitchens have been customised by Kitchens International and are striking additions to each of the five apartments. The Leicht kitchen benefits from top of the range Siemens appliances and include an induction hob, in bench pop up extraction, combination convection microwave and steam oven, integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher, insinkerator and Quooker 3-in1 boiling tap. The principal concept of the kitchen design was to marry the tones of the room; the wall units to the walls; and the kitchen island to the flooring so both elements effectively vanish within the space. In apartment Two, the bespoke screen printed linen ceiling pendants with hand painted metallic highlights from Hatti Pattisson complement the earthy tones of the room to create a unique, and luxurious look to the space.
One of the beautiful features of Melville Crescent is the Master Bedroom of Apartment Two, that utilises the refurbished original floor to ceiling windows and timber shutters to maximise natural light in the space. This natural light is further exploited to illuminate the internal entrance hall via clear storey frameless glass intersecting the cornice. It forms the top of a partition which creates circulation space to access the 2 bedrooms. This cut-out not only provides natural light for the hall, when it is combined with the fawn coloured 100% wool carpet in the bedroom, it accentuates the luxurious, expansive feel of the Master Bedroom. The room enjoys an original carved timber fireplace and an ochre marble surround that is tonally balanced by the artwork supplied
APARTMENT 5, 5 MELVILLE CRESENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: TECK TAN
APARTMENT 2, 5 MELVILLE CR
carved marble by the on the
The cornice detailing throughout the apartments has been sensitively and carefully restored, completing the beautiful juxtaposition of historic and modern aesthetics. The newly defined building enhances the apartments’ interior space whilst seamlessly and sensitively blending ‘old’ and ‘new’ in a contemporary setting. Apartment Two was selected as a finalist for Best Conversion/Renovation in The Herald Property Awards 2018, only losing out to our other project Williamstone Farm Steadings which won the category.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR, 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: VANESSA RANKIN
MASTER BEDROOM APARTMENT 2, 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: THINREDLINE DESIGN
The room enjoys an original timber fireplace and an ochre surround that is tonally balanced artwork supplied by Arusha Gallery opposite wall.
RESCENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: THINREDLINE DESIGN
CATALOG INTERIORS A New Approach to Property Dressing - By Dixie Mirowski -
t’s been about two years since our first foray into property staging. We were always very curious about the market, often dismayed when we saw what had become the ‘norm’ in show homes across the UK. The overly staged look, fully set dining tables, karate chopped cushions and an abundance of rolled towels and fake orchids; not exactly how the majority of us live or even aspire to live.
We begin with the main items of furniture, then think about occasional pieces, lighting, textiles & art. Often we have a few specially ordered items and will have bedding & cushions made up to complement the rest of the scheme. We’re lucky that we have a large selection of decorative accessories, plants & books that really help to bring the spaces to life.
Catalog brings Liberton Barns living/dining area to life
We believe that good property dressing should make a property stand out from its competitors. Whilst still calm and minimal it should create that feeling that you could and would love to move in immediately. Home
staging visually sells a lifestyle that your property can offer. It draws on the emotions of the viewer, it works by playing to all the viewers senses. Our goal is to make the buyer fall in love with the property.
Artwork from Arusha Gallery almost filling the entire wall.
â€œMelville Crescent was such a fun & easy collaboration between LBA, the developer & our interiors team"
A Liberton Barns bedroom staged by Catalog
When we were approached by LBA about converted A listed townhouse, 5 Melville Crescent, we knew that we would have the opportunity to create something quite special. Interestingly, the developer had a clear idea of how they wanted the property to look and feel. We began by looking at the chosen finishes and fixtures. We then made a few proposals for the various spaces, discussed these, and the preferred pieces were selected. We had to move fast as the completion date was only a few weeks after our initial meeting. Melville Crescent was such a fun & easy collaboration between LBA, the developer & our interiors team. We were also able to consult Arusha Gallery, and borrow some incredible artwork which really brought the interiors together â€“ especially in the case of one of the bedrooms where the artwork almost filled the wall behind the bed!
5 Melville Crescent Top Floor Apartment staged by Catalog
Our latest collaboration with LBA was a completely different style of property. Liberton Barns; three luxurious 2-story townhouses set on a unique site, each with jaw dropping expansive views over the Hermitage to Blackford Hill. The design of the townhouses is highly contemporary and innovative, focused around a fully glazed external void courtyard. White wall, black framed glazing and pale wooden floors, a Scandinavian interior dream palette! As with Melville Crescent, the developer, Glencairn Properties, had a keen interest in the style of dressing. We were able to discuss their ideas and bring this to life. As before, we knew that the quality of the artwork had to match the furniture & fixtures. This time we borrowed from both Arusha Gallery & Edinburgh based photographer and stylish Soo Burnell, whoâ€™s crisp monochrome photography & graphic lettering felt so right for the property.
Simple oak chair paired with Come Here table by Danish design brand Woud
Looking to the future we are excited to see what other property dressing opportunities arise. Taking an empty home, designing and dressing it from start to finish is admittedly one of the most enjoyable services we offer at Catalog.
2-4 St Stephen Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AJ 0131 225 2888 www.cataloginteriors.com
BERLIN 2018 In September this year LBA closed office to head away on their annual trip. This year we were off to Berlin.
erlin, with one of the most turbulent histories of any European capital, has emerged as a creative and cultural hub where artistic expression is embraced and encouraged. It’s fascinating history of destruction and rebirth has fortified the ambience of interesting architecture within the city. Buildings, in Berlin, tend not to be just buildings. They are manifestos, propaganda, memorials, battlefields. It’s a city whose Wall was one of the most political works of architecture in modern history.
Designed by Hans Scharoun, it is one of Berlin’s most spectacular monuments. Scharoun’s design enables the movement of crowds to flow with the building, almost adding to and enhancing the irregular massing. The auditorium which seats 2,440 people is enchanting to see, Scharoun, himself described the seating and irregular terraces as ‘vineyards’. A short walk from the Philharmonie through Tiergarten is Peter Eisenman’s Mermorial to the Murdered Jews – a field of large concrete blocks with paths between them rising and falling in heights. As you walk through the field, sometimes you can see the surrounding city and sometimes your view is only of concrete. Redolent of contemporary memorial design the muteness and disorientation is powerful.
Nazism, Communism, social democracy and capitalism have all felt the need to say it within buildings, leading to the heterogenous architecture that Berlin is known for. The architecture of Berlin tends to be hard and harsh and attempts to see too many buildings at once can be punishing. Walking through the city you will see Thus, we've highlighted a few of our favourites. the glass dome that Norman Foster put on top of the Reichstag. The immense building Close to our hotel was the Sony Centre was initially built in 1894, to be burned in 1933 designed by Helmut Jahn. The site was and whose capture in 1945 signified the final originally a bustling city centre in the early victory of the Red Army. It is now the home 20th Century. During World War II majority of Germany’s parliament. Foster’s design of the buildings in the area were destroyed is about contrasting craggy old stone with or damaged and from 1961 on, most of the a pristine glass architecture of democratic area became part of No Man’s Land of the transparency. The general public, after a Berlin Wall, resulting in the destruction of security check, are allowed to walk a spiral the remaining buildings. After the Fall of the ramp inside of the dome while listening to an Berlin Wall, in 1989, it was re-developed with audio guide with facts about the Reichstag the aim of recovering its pre-war cultural role. and its surroundings. You can look down The striking glass roof of the light-flooded on the debating chamber below as a sign Sony Centre has become one of the primary of transparency between the public and the symbols of the post-Wall regeneration of rulers. Potsdamer Platz. We saw so much more and left the city Following the Sony Centre was the with an enlightened view on the horrors of it’s Philharmonie. past and the beauty of it’s present. 28
CHIARA FINGLAND | 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT
THE CREATIVEâ€™S ESCAPE Using painting to pause, contemplate and observe. - By Chiara Fingland, LBA Graduate Architectural Designer -
CHIARA FINGLAND | CHARLOTTE SQUARE
s a child I was fortunate enough to grow up in an environment where creativity was fostered and encouraged. As such, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my day to day life. Over time, my engagement with drawing and painting developed from producing or representing an object to become a creative escape where I can think and contemplate.
ast year I was lucky enough to be able to fulfil my dream of painting my way round the world. Like many travellers, I snapped thousands of photos over the course of my adventure. However, rather than a series of instagrams or forgotten memoirs, what became more valuable to
me was the opportunity to observe and capture these new environments through a collection of in situ paintings. When I look back at the collection of sketches I am transported right back to the origin of the painting; the entire experience is evoked rather than simply the view. I began to fully
appreciate the power of painting beyond representation - utilising it as process or tool for taking the time to pause, contemplate and observe.
helped me to slow down, observe the views which I took for granted every day, and generate an expressive outcome. It is an opportunity to enter a different way of thinking and contemplation and reset. With the world becoming Painting can be a creative escape for increasingly digitalised and everything the mind and Iâ€™m sure to never leave the becoming more and more instantaneous, house without my paints and brushes. I believe it is important to take a moment to slow down, pause and watch the world go by, even if only for as little as twenty minutes each day. I was keen to integrate painting into my everyday routine and with so many places to explore on or near Walker Street I decided to go wandering at lunchtime or after work. I would sit in different places, taking the time to observe the beauty of these surroundings and capture them in a series of paintings. As a creative it is often all to easy to get caught up in the detail and precision of the outcome. My time painting has
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CHIARA FINGLAND | EDINBURGH CASTLE
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The original Beech Hill House that was destroyed in 1944
LBA has secured planning permission to renovate and extend Beech Hill House, East Lothian; a property rich in history.
THE HISTORY OF BEECH HILL
ragically the original Beech Hill House was destroyed on the 22nd of October 1944 when an RAF plane crashed into the property during routine night training. The little historic information available of the original house would suggest an estate home with multiple primary elevations which sought to address particular vistas; the formal driveway entrance to the North, the walled garden to the West and the landscaped gardens and views to the South. The RAF offered to build a new house for the family which Lindsay Jamieson designed in an art deco style, which was built in 1952.
â€œWhen we visited the site for the first time, we were impressed by the current house and the original outbuildings, walled gardens and wider grounds. However, we were quite surprised that the current house did little to respond to the surrounding vistas and immediate walled garden." - LBA Director, Gareth Jones
he steadings and walled garden which belonged to the original house remains and survived the crash in the 1940s. The combination of the secluded position and location provides potential to create a spectacular family home that reconnects with the exceptional surrounding views. From the outset LBA Director, Gareth Jones felt it was important to review the original house design to identify how it differed to that of the current house.
The existing house that the RAF rebuilt in 1952
What stood out was the scale of the main house, which appeared to be modest when compared to the scale of the adjacent, original, steading block. On reviewing the information for the original house, we could see that the scale of the house was larger, with primary elevations addressing all the key views and immediate context.
Visualisation of the proposed west facing extension incorporating the daytime living accommodation
Addressing these key observations, we felt it was important that the existing house should be reset in to a context where it would be emphasised as the key centre piece building to the property. The driveway has been pulled back from the north elevation to allow a formal entrance garden to be created. A west wing extension has been formed which, when experienced with the existing East steadings, creates an entrance courtyard garden that portrays the main house as a symmetrical object set within a formal garden. To readdress the relationship between the main house and the surrounding context, primary day time rooms such as the kitchen and the family rooms have been located within the new west wing which overlooks the walled gardens to the west and wider views to the south. A mixture of stone walling, timber cladding, steel and glass have been adopted to create more private zones and more open family areas addressing the gardens. These materials have been applied with sharp detailing to provide a very minimal and streamlined contemporary building.
Visualisation of the proposed sunken terrace to the southern end of the new extension
â€œOur clients, wanted to renovate and extend the existing house in a sympathetic manner and pay homage to the original dwelling. We feel our proposal has succeeded in delivering our clients vision through the introduction of contemporary elements which are organised to introduce a sense of formality that befits this historic country estate and we are looking forward to seeing it on site in early 2019.â€? - LBA Director, Gareth Jones
The diagram describes the resetting of the existing building within the new formal entrance courtyard and west facing extension, addressing the existing walled garden beyond
atti Pattisson an Edinburgh based artist and textile designer has often added her beautiful artworks and designs to LBA’s completed projects. Based in the beautiful Out of The Blue Drill Hall, with it’s glass ceiling, great café and regular events, she is surrounded and inspired by creatives like herself. Hatti is an artist - that is her passion and something that she has successfully made into her day job. Whilst painting is her passion, she does get very excited about coming up with ideas for new fabrics and seeing that fabric turned into all sorts of creations. “The process and transformation of moving swathes and details around digitally to make the paintings work as fabric is a wonderful thing,” Hatti said, “We tend to jump around with anticipation when the new fabric arrives from the printer as we set our eyes on it for the first time.”
through onto the canvas creating the vivid ‘dreamscapes’ that are signature to her art. Her biggest accomplishment to date is the fact that she has continuously pursued something that she loves. For Hatti creating artworks is something that she couldn’t do without, so much so she has built it into her career. LBA Project Architect, Emily Anderson, recently worked with Hatti for LBA’s 5 Melville Crescent project. Hatti delivered some amazing ceiling pendants that featured in the dining/living area and the two bedrooms of the apartments. The pendants were crucial in pulling together the interior design. Lighting has been an exciting adventure for Hatti. “Having my fabrics set as light pieces almost turns them into another form of art,” she said. To create the lampshades, she revisits the fabric with
Hatti’s latest fabric Shoreline did not disappoint. She sells her amazing fabrics by the metre and loves to see the joy that it brings all of her customers including both fashion and interior designers. For Hatti, inspiration comes from nature and the world around her. Primarily a landscape painter, her art doesn’t tend to be an exact representation of the subject unless she has specifically been commissioned to do so. Instead she loves to revisit a place through memory which results in a dreamy, abstract piece made up of a variety of colours and textures. Hatti’s process of painting allows other senses of places flow HATTI PATTISSON | CLOUD SPILL
HATTI PATTISON | CATHEDRAL LIGHT
her paintbrush, but this time the paint is an adhesive which she bonds select colours of foils onto. The brushstrokes, when set on the inside of a lampshade, glisten, glint and flash when the light is on and the piece comes alive. It’s a labour of love for Hatti as the hand foiling takes a long time, but this hand foiling is what makes Hatti’s pendants stand out. To complete the pendant, she chooses either a silk or linen for the outer of the shade to either contrast or subtlety tone with its surrounding interior.
Hatti Pattisson's contact details: @hattipattisson www.hattipattisson.com Studio visits are by appointments only, but please jump onto the website and join the mailing list for details of forthcoming shows.
Once Hatti gets through her current commissioned paintings, she will look at designing a new fabric with will be sold by the metre and begin work on a new collection of art. She can’t wait to clear her studio, lay out big canvases and just see what comes out… neither can we! In the meantime, if you would like to see what Hatti has been working on she will be at the Boarders Art Fair in March and will have her next solo show at Out of The Blue Drill Hall in Leith in April.
HATTI PATTISSON | EDGE OF A DREAM
HATTI PATTISSON | PENDANTS AT 5 MELVILLE CRESCENT
HATTI PATTISSON | BENEATH THE SURFACE
HATTI PATTISSON | WHISPERING ARCTIC
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We’ve created our first LBA Magazine. Named after the Greek goddess of architecture ‘Hestia’, it aims to not only give a summary of our acco...