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Stepping up

Like the previous two houses - from AEM Studio and Lisa Shell Design - this matched pair of houses in Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh, has no outdoor space. It does, however, have dual-aspect, though no rear access, the rear looking on to a former industrial site that is now four-storey housing in render and facing blockwork. Another idiosyncrasy of the site is the fall of half a storey from front to rear of the building, which has been cleverly exploited by inserting staircases across the ...


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