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Grzywinski + Pons wins consent for Edinburgh hotel

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Edinburgh City Council has approved a £35million boutique hotel designed by emerging US talent Grzywinski + Pons and Michael Laird Architects

The 180-room Urban Villa Hotel will be built on Freer Street, next to the Scottish capital’s Union Canal Basin.

Shrouded in fine stainless steel mesh, designed to be ‘virtually invisible’ to guests, but providing a glistening façade for the building, the structure mixes champagne cladding and grey brick.

New York-based architect Matthew Grzywinski said the hotel, which is being developed by Union Hanover Securities, would ‘respet and enhance’ Edinburgh’s built fabric.

‘We were so pleased to have the opportunity to design in a setting with as rich of an architectural history as Edinburgh,’ he said.

Jeremy Scott, design director at, Michael Laird Architects said the practice had worked side by side with Grzywinski on the detailed design of the hotel.

‘They’ve come up with the concept image for Urban Villa and we’ve been working with Matt on the design,’ he said.

The building is part of a wider 9,650m² mixed-use masterplan for the area drawn up for Amco Developments by Edinburgh-based Michael Laird Architects.

Urban Villa

The Urban Villa hotel, left, and a residential building forming part of the Fountainbridge masterplan area.

Urban Villa

Edinburgh Urban Villa

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