ECA’s interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

In this school show, Edinburgh College of Art students are presenting 10 interiors projects for public and community spaces, from an archive chronicling Scotland’s black diaspora to a hybrid day and nightclub.

Created by a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, the concepts adapt existing and historical buildings in Edinburgh for new uses, in a bid to create interiors that are sensitive to their context.

University: Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Courses: BA and MA Interior Design
Tutors: Ed Hollis, Rachel Simmonds, Gillian Treacy and Andy Siddall

School statement:

“The interior design programmes at ECA use real buildings and spaces as testbeds for the adaption and evolution of interior, architectural and spatial design ideas. Under the Interior Lab initiative, staff and students share research knowledge to develop their own individual response to the discipline, benefitting from the international cohort’s varied experiences and approaches.

“Further work of the students can be found at ECA’s digital exhibition Summer 2020.

“Through self-generated briefs for their projects, our 10 graduates have proposed designs including an Astronomy Centre within a light-polluted city centre and a Black Cultural Archive and Legacy Centre for Scotland.”

ECA's interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

The Island of Knowledge by Alkistis Brountzou, MA

“The Island of Knowledge is an open, public space inside the Freemasons Hall for sharing knowledge and learning, which explores the spatial intersections of the physical and the digital world.

“Inside the main hall, or ‘nest’, new hybrid experiences are generated by utilising new technologies such as augmented reality inside of an expanded cinema, various multilayered exhibitions and lecture halls.

“The intervention’s form emphatically symbolises the contradiction between the diachronic character of the space formations and the extremely changeable digital content, suggesting that the physical and digital, materiality and immateriality are interwoven by their contradictions.”

Email: [email protected]

Freemasons Hall by Gillian Kavanagh, MA

“My master’s thesis focuses on the intersection between interior architecture and conservation. The design briefs I devised for the Freemasons Hall in Edinburgh challenge the idea of a historic institution in the modern world and question how interiors can be ‘re-programmed’ to revitalise the institution’s appeal.

“To represent these ideas, I explored experimental mixed media drawing methods including collage, watercolour sketching and video studies. Adaptive conservation aids the longevity of buildings, which is the principal ambition of my work. The layering of materials, decoration and human narratives significantly influences my approach to the conservation of interior architecture.”

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @gk_trinsic

ECA's interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

Viaticus by Mari Nasif, MA

“Inspired by the idea of Masonic degrees, the brief re-imagines the Freemasons’ journey towards knowledge and translates this into spatial settings based on the learning domains proposed by Benjamin Bloom.

“The proposal, broadly defined as a philosophy library, occupies the voids inside of an existing staircase volume. Its verticality mirrors Bloom’s hierarchical learning model where higher levels house more complex learning. Each degree is uniquely designed to activate the senses and help individuals resolve the cognitive challenges along the journey to mastery.”

Email: [email protected]

Pixelbox by Sher Ming Foo, MA


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Edinburgh Rugby player tests positive for Covid-19 after house party

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An academy player from Edinburgh Rugby has tested positive for coronavirus.

At the Scottish government’s daily briefing on Friday, National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said the player had been at a house party last week with several other team mates.

A further three youth players are also self-isolating.

Edinburgh Rugby’s weekend match in France is scheduled to go ahead following an assessment by health teams.

Prof Leitch said he was “personally disappointed” as the house party attended by four youth players breached restrictions on social gatherings and protocols agreed with Scottish Rugby to allow the sport to resume.

He said: “Rugby, like other performance sports has been given the go-ahead on the strict condition that clubs and players abide by the guidance that has been agreed.”

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Prof Leitch said he was “personally disappointed” as the house party breached protocols agreed with Scottish Rugby

Mr Leith said he had spoken to leaders at Scottish Rugby and that they were taking the incident “very seriously indeed”.

He added: “Incidents like this and the ones we’ve seen previously involving other sports underline a really key point.

“If at any time one of us fails to abide by the rules we put others at risk and we give the virus the chance to spread and create consequences that are totally outwith our control.”

‘Remain vigilant’

Edinburgh Rugby said potential contact by the affected player with other members of the squad had been fully reviewed by external medical professionals and no further action was required.

It said “all club personnel have been advised to remain vigilant and be aware of, and report, any subsequent symptoms”.

In a statement the club added: “We would treat a suspected breach of our own, and the government’s public health guidelines, extremely seriously and will take appropriate actions and steps as required.

“Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff, and we will continue to closely monitor and support all relevant individuals.

“Both Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby will also continue to work with the Scottish government and the Lothian Health Protection Team around any further matters arising from these circumstances.”

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Dobbies Garden Centre: Award winning butchers to open in Edinburgh store

Dobbies Garden Centre has welcomed an award winning butcher to its Edinburgh branch.

Walter Smith Fine Foods will be open from Friday in the food court of the garden centre where it will provide locally-sourced meat.

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As well as cuts of beef, lamb and pork, a lot of premade meals will be available including pork pies, lasagne and cottage pies ready to be put in the oven.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “Walter Smith Fine Foods is a brilliant addition to our Edinburgh store and we’re sure that the butchers will be popular with our customers.

“At Dobbies, we pride ourselves on offering customers a wide range of quality produce, freshly-baked goods and general grocery items all under one roof.”

Dobbies has also recently announced that it will be partnering up with Sainsbury’s supermarket to offer more convenience food to its customers.

Robert Jones, Retail Director at Walter Smith Fine Foods, added: “We’re delighted to be launching our butchery and deli counter at Dobbies’ Edinburgh store, and look forward to customers trying our award-winning products.

“We’ve been in business for 135 years and we are proud to deliver quality service and, of course, the best quality meats and produce.”

There will be a 10% discount for Dobbies Club members from Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 26 at the Edinburgh branch.

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