Scottish Storytelling Center

Malcolm Fraser Architects

New structure on the Royal Mile combining the historic John Knox house with the adjacent Netherbow Arts Centre


The forestair with canopy indicating the original gateway to the city but maintaining visually the Royal Mile sequence of buildings

The centre includes the John Knox house, the 99-seat Netherbow theatre, a library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. This centre helps to maintain the strong oral tradition in Scotland, an art form including both literature and performance.

Plaque signifying the medieval gateway, the Netherbow Port

"This site, combining the historic "John Knox House" with the adjacent Netherbow Centre, marks the historic, mediaeval main gateway into Edinburgh. The gateway, the Netherbow Port, was rebuilt many times, with its great bell being hung in 1621" (

The campanile

The 1621 bell is in a new tower with random fenestration and a continuous groove running up the left side.

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