Morningside Parish Church

Client: Morningside Parish Church

The project delivers the re-organisation of an existing church building and construction of a new single storey extension to a large B listed church in Morningside, Edinburgh to create new multi-functional spaces for use by the congregation and wider community. Bright, airy, naturally ventilated meeting spaces have been provided on the existing site, improving the accessibility of the church and providing parishioners with a more flexible building fit for 21st century worship and community events.

A new entrance is located on the west façade and leads to a fully glazed welcome area which acts as an ancillary space to the main multi-functional room. This flexible space naturally divides into three spaces using sliding screens and is top lit by three large rooflights incorporated into the distinctive section of the building. A continuous storage wall extends the whole length of the spaces. Each room is provided with natural stack ventilation using louvres incorporated into the top of the roof pitches.

The extension aims to touch the existing building as lightly as possible; the multi-functional room is held off the south façade of the existing church by the main spinal corridor which has a glazed roof. The welcome area opens onto an outside terrace to extend the use of the main spaces out into the landscape.

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