Looking At Edinburgh

3 October 2008

Doors Open Day: Couperfield House

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day is organised by The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust), in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage.

This is one of the gateposts that used to say, left and right, “Couper Street School”.
Couper Street

This is the house: it used to be the janitor’s house for Couper Street School, which no longer exists. The bell is from the school days.
Couperfield House

This is the garden: small, inside high walls, but sheltered. Cosy seems an odd word to use about a garden, but the right one for this: in the corner of the photo, you can see the beginnings of the new extension’s sedum roof.
garden from above

The garden used to be bigger, but a large part of it is occupied by a new extension, with copper cladding on the walls. (You can just see the extension from Coburg Street: I took a photo earlier in the year.)
the extension of Couperfield

The first clue that this isn’t just an architect’s design being shown off: on the decking and inside the front hall, visitors have been asked to take off their shoes. This is a family home that we have been invited to wander round.
Couperfield Doors Open Day - shoes on decking

It’s not a large house inside: it would be just one room, sitting-room and open-plan kitchen, but built across the room from one corner to the other is a kind of mezzanine floor (can you say mezzanine when there’s no floor above it?) edged with a balcony, decorated with ivy.

Looking down from the balcony makes you better appreciate the proportions of the room and the windows:
Couperfield House windows

The upper floor was reached from the ground floor by a beautiful spiral staircase…
spiral staircase

…mundanely, with a baby gate at the top.
stairs from above

I liked the ceiling lights, too:
red hellflower lights

red wire lights

The inside of the extension is still a work in process: you can see the bones of the house here.
basement structure with bricks and beams

still in process



  1. […] red wall is copper cladding: the balcony belongs to Couperfield House, which was open to the public on Doors Open […]

    Pingback by View from Coburg Street « Looking At Edinburgh — 3 October 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  2. Hello! You left a comment earlier asking about a link to your blog? I have a links list of favourite blogs [including a link here] that can be accessed on either my friendlist or journal homepage.

    I just found your blog the other day and have been looking through all the entries. I used to live in Edinburgh myself, so it’s been a nice trot down memory lane, though it does remind me how much I miss the place. Your photos are beautiful!

    Comment by suzler — 3 October 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  3. Hello! Thank you for responding – and thank you for the compliment. Glad you enjoy my blog.

    Comment by edinburghlook — 5 October 2008 @ 12:13 am

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