New Town Apartment: Celebrating Historic Restoration in Edinburgh

The New Town Apartment in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, showcases a masterful blend of historic preservation and modern design, courtesy of the talented Luke McClelland Design. This 2023 project aims to celebrate the property’s existing features while introducing thoughtful interventions to enhance functionality and circulation. The careful balance between restoration and contemporary elements results in a subtly striking interior that complements the building’s Grade A Listed status.

Minimalist, open-plan living space with large window, wooden floors, and modern furnishings.
A modern, minimalist kitchen with a gray stone countertop, wooden cabinets, and a large window.
An elegant and minimalist kitchen design with sleek gray countertops, wooden cabinetry, and a cozy living room area.
Expansive living room with large windows, ornate moldings, and a striking abstract artwork.
A spacious, modern room with tall windows, a fireplace, and minimalist furniture.
Spacious bedroom with ornate ceiling, large window, and minimal furnishings.
A modern, minimalist bedroom with a large pendant light, wooden floors, and a plush rug.
A modern bathroom with a white sink basin, wooden staircase railing, and gray marble walls.

About New Town Apartment

Here is an original rewrite of the project description for the New Town Apartment:

A Historic Townhome Reimagined with Modern Sophistication

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, UK, the New Town Apartment underwent a stunning transformation under the skilled design vision of Luke McClelland. Completed in 2023, this project seamlessly blends historic charm with contemporary elegance.

Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future

Adhering to the property’s Grade A Listed status, the design team meticulously preserved the existing historic features while strategically introducing modern interventions. By stripping back the interior, they celebrated the building’s original character, highlighting the natural beauty of the pine floorboards, stone flags, and the striking Georgian “pencheck” staircase.

Bespoke Craftsmanship and Thoughtful Functionality

The apartment’s centerpiece is the custom-designed oak kitchen, crafted by the local joinery studio Archispek. Featuring a multifunctional island that doubles as a dining table, the kitchen seamlessly integrates storage and appliances to maintain its clean, sculptural aesthetic. Elsewhere, a new opening connects the kitchen to the utility room, enhancing the overall flow and functionality of the primary living spaces.

A Muted Palette, a Stylish Sanctuary

Throughout the apartment, a simple material palette of Ceppo DiGre stone and oak was carefully selected to complement the historic architecture. Brushed stainless steel fixtures and fittings provide a sleek, modern contrast, while large-scale artworks, textured furnishings, and plush floor coverings create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

A Harmonious Balance of Old and New

In the end, the New Town Apartment stands as a testament to the power of sensitive design. By striking a careful balance between restoration and modern intervention, Luke McClelland Design has transformed this historic townhome into a sophisticated and functional living space that seamlessly honors the past while embracing the future.

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- by Matt Watts