The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh

This project is a sensitive insertion of contemporary interior elements into a traditional New Town house. Simple but strong devices are used to create a memorable interior, focused on malt whisky. A high oak-clad bar counter is paired with a wrap-around oak back bar. The regular pattern of shelving for whisky bottles is repeated in the south-facing window of the lounge. Here glass shelves support a variety of whiskies which glow in the light.


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The dining room is on the ground floor with reception carefully tucked into the stair lobby. On the first floor is the bar and lounge and a private room. On the top floor is a private dining room, taking up the full three bay width of the townhouse, with windows facing on to Queen Street Gardens and the Firth of Forth beyond. The semi-circular stair is beautifully lit by the restored cupola. A function room has since been created in the attic level.

The furniture, mirrors and lights are all of a clean contemporary design and contrast well with the traditional Georgian fireplaces, doors, panelling and architraves.


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