my current project has to do with the interiors of the scottish widows building in edinburgh. photos of the outside, of course i don't publish photos of the insides [except for small uninformative details]. the building is a late work by the edinburgh practice of sir basil spence, spence glover & ferguson although it's not clear how much involvement spence himself had in it. regardless, it won an RIBA award in 1977 and is listed.
the hexagonal geometry was inspired by the basalt columns of the salisbury crags behind it, and the stepped outline of the building echoes the crags so precisely that i wonder if the architect stood across the road from the site and drew the profile to fit the landscape, and worked the rest out from there.
spreading stacks of octagons or hexagons are a cliche of 1970s office architecture, but here they fit beautifully into the landscape. from within the continuous glass walls give the occupants some of the best views in edinburgh.
the gardens of the building itself are something special too, including a large multistorey car park almost lost under woodland. it's a pleasure to work on a generous and stylish building, and of course edinburgh itself is a pleasure and makes me happy to be there.