City Observatory
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

City Observatory
Calton Hill, Edinburgh


Collective Gallery

Value £4m


Edinburgh Council to redevelop the walled City Observatory complex as a new home for innovative contemporary visual arts on Calton Hill. The City Observatory was designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818 as a temple to the Enlightenment, scientific innovation and discovery. It is the birthplace of timekeeping and astronomy in Edinburgh and is one of the City’s most iconic and visited locations. Proposals will save, conserve and reinstate the original 19th Century Playfair designs, display and interpret the telescopes and astronomical instruments, and open the building as learning and gathering spaces.

The vision is to develop a new kind of City Observatory that is a world class complex combining innovative art and iconic heritage. In addition Collective Architecture is designing a new gallery space for the Collective Gallery, together with a new restaurant, landscape works and architectural lighting.