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The Colours of Linlithgow

Part 1 Project 2004
James Whitaker
Zeina Al-Derry
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh UK
Situated on the edge of the Union Canal, looking north to the Trossach mountains, Linlithgow Palace, and the Almond Valley this project explored the possibility of a small community of sustainable live/work-units within the context of the Scottish central belt, and a town that is essentially a commuting settlement serving Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Taking their orientation from the surrounding views, the live-units float above the land, stretching north to absorb the kaleidoscope of colours.

The work-units nestle beneath, defined by dry-stone walls that sweep across the site, following the contours of the land.

James Whitaker
Zeina Al-Derry

James' project developed from an ambition to design a sustainable community close to the Forth/Clyde canal which has recently re-opened. He was wary of adopting a 'soft' timber aesthetic which may be a more conventional approach to such a brief and instead adopted a linear form which would sit above, and link into, undercroft buildings following the contours of the site.

The division between live and work was made as a vertical connection with work units developed only where and when required by the owners.

The design work was supported by a written analysis of the building sequence and thermal performance.


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