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PRE/POST BEFORE AND AFTER, DONE RIGHT

Building
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For 10 years, a former rubber factory in Edinburgh, Scotland,
stood empty and seemingly forgotten. The hulking brown
building with papered-over windows gave few visual clues
to its bustling past as the former headquarters of the North
British Rubber Co. (NBRC).
When in operation, NBRC made everything from tires
to water bottles and, most famously, churned out more than
1 million rubber boots to outfit soldiers during World War
I. After a fire broke out in 1969, the factory's Castle Mill site
closed and later became home to The Fountain Brewery,
owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, before closing
in 2004. There it sat for a decade until Page\Park Architects
began a five-year, £7 million overhaul of the space as the new
headquarters for Edinburgh Printmakers.
Edinburgh Printmakers' goal was not only to create an
expanded printmaking studio for itself but also to serve
as an artistic hub for the community-complete with two
galleries, a retail shop, a cafe, an education space, and eight
tenant art studios.
"They wanted a space that was welcoming, accessible,
and open to all," says Suzy O'Leary, an architect and
depute of arts and culture at Page\Park Architects in
Glasgow, Scotland.

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A long-vacant rubber
factory transforms
into a creative hub for
Edinburgh's printmaking
community. By Kate Rockwood

After:
Before:
When Page\Park began work on the
building, drab brown paint covered
the brickwork detailing underneath.
The entrance on the main street was
a nondescript single doorway with a
small overhang, not befitting a new
space meant to draw people in.

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To amp up the building's appeal, Page\Park created a
dramatic, two-story doorway with glass panes of matching
height on each side. The exterior's brown paint was carefully removed, exposing the stunning 19th-century polychrome brickwork detailing underneath. "We knew there
would be detailing, but we had no idea it would be so beautiful and full of character," O'Leary says. While inspecting
those bricks for necessary repairs, O'Leary discovered a
piece of the past: a brick inscribed with a 19th-century
signature that read "James Mulligan, Old Mill."
"I love those moments when space and time collide," she
says. "It was like a secret message from the past."


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