National Baha'i Faith Centre, Albany Street, Edinburgh

Following a competitive interview, Oliver Chapman Architects were appointed as lead consultant for the new National Bahá’i Faith Centre for Scotland. Accommodated within a grade A-listed Georgian townhouse designed by William Sibbald (c.1801), the property is located in the east end of Edinburgh's New Town, and lies within the World Heritage Site. 

The project entailed a change-of-use from offices to a place of worship, and now houses a mix of different functions including prayer, reading, archiving, feasting and meeting. The challenge here was to develop a 'light touch' in the hope that any upgrading or new work would be barely discernible. Our client's primary aspiration was that this new building should play an ambassadorial role in promoting the Baha'i faith.