Euan Millar, Michael Davidson & Tommy Perman
Conceptually the Ghost Facade derives primarily from ideas relating to enclosure and void. The openness of much of Chalmers Close is something of an anomaly, created by the vast gap site to the West The screen serves to reinstate some of the historic built fabric previously on the gap site to renew a sense of enclosure to the occupant of the Close. The opacity of the screen is greatest from an oblique angle and its density dissolves as one comes alongside it. The hit and miss timbers filter the sunlight and activate the adjacent Close with shadows. The abstract composition of the timber ‘facade’ resists homogeneity as a nod toward the historic variegation brought about by the multitude of plots and incremental development of these backlands.
Supported beyond the face of the masonry wall defining the west boundary of the Close, the Siberian Larch fins give a nod to the corbelled accommodation of historic structures protruding into the close during the 18th century. A further ‘skeuomorphic’ reference to later 20th century incumbents, comes in the form of the SHADOW’S ‘sign’ a reference to the filtering effect of the facade as well as the existence on this particular site of a popular night club and music venue.