The client was the Edinburgh Photographic Society and the members wanted the garden to provide an area for social events and to offer outdoor studio space. In addition, the building extended over 6 floors, so the garden would mostly be viewed from above. The Thistle-inspired design captured the Scottish roots of the society whilst the inclusion of compass paving detail drew on it’s international focus.
Other works on the site had resulted in a stone wall being dismantled and the resulting material was used to construct raised beds and a stage for making presentations.
Viewed from above, the ‘Thistle’ design is clear. The compass centre adds interest to the paving design & shade tolerant planting will bring year-round colour and scent