The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh

Michael Laird Architects collaborated with Simpson and Brown to design and execute interiors for the refurbishment of this Category A listed Georgian townhouse for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

The project is a sensitive blending of contemporary elements with those of a traditional New Town property. Simple but strong devices are used to create a memorable interior: a high oak-clad bar counter is paired with a wrap-around oak back bar; in the lounge’s south- facing window, full antique whisky sample bottles are used to great effect, allowing light to filter through the different hues.

The dining room is on the ground floor; the bar and tasting room are on the main floor above, along with a small library.

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On the top floor is the private dining room, overlooking Queen Street Gardens with long views to the Firth of Forth. The magnificent full height pen- check stair is lit from above through the restored cupola.

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