The former Odeon, located between Buccleuch Street and Clerk Street in Edinburgh's South Side, was built in 1930 and operated as a cinema for over 70 years. The cinema is a Category A listed building which showcases some unique aspects of 1930s cinema design, but has been unnoccupied since it was sold by Odeon in 2003.
Our student housing scheme, which provides 86 bedrooms in a range of studio and cluster flats, replaces the less significant rear areas of the cinema and infills an unsightly gap in the Buccleuch Street streetscape. The project has secured the future of the auditorium and foyer of the cinema for reuse as a cultural venue.
Sympathetic in scale and proportion to the existing adjacent tenements, the street frontage uses a contemporary palette of materials which references the white Hathenware facade of the retained cinema entrance on Clerk Street.