Ravelston Garden, Edinburgh
From Richard Anderson
Ravelston Garden was designed between 1935 and 1937 by Norman Neil and Robert Hurd. Three blocks of sixteen flats each are set in a garden. Each block is X-shaped in plan, meaning that each flat has windows in three sides. The aim was a ‘Scottish’ suburbia, reinterpreting the traditional flat in a modern way, as a riposte to the bungalows and detached houses which were then being built in suburban Edinburgh and which to these architects lacked the density and scale of traditional Scottish urbanism. They are now listed at Category A as being amongst the best Scottish buildings of the 1930s.
Text and video by Alistair Fair, University of Edinburgh