Edinburgh’s City Observatory reborn as arts destination Edinburgh’s City Observatory is to begin a new life as a spectacular arts venue following restoration of the A-listed William Playfair designed complex to form a lofty exhibition space, offices, a restaurant and shop.
It’s incredibly exciting to be opening our doors to visitors at last. We now extend a warm welcome to residents of Edinburgh and visitors to the city and invite them to come up and see us...Kate Gray, Director, Collective
Visual arts organisation Collective will open its doors on 24 November following its £4.5m redevelopment by Collective Architects (no relation) and Harrison Stevens landscape architects, providing a suitably dramatic backdrop for a series of exhibitions.
The hilltop complex will offer free entry to the passing publi9c and access to a new landscaped terrace, maximising the 360-degree views of the city below, including a restaurant called The Lookout which is partially cantilevered out from the hillside below.
Centrepiece however will be The Hillside, an exhibition and office space embedded within the hillside in front of the City Observatory. It is joined by a refurbished City Dome gallery space and a learning and education hall within The Transit House...