Housing Typologies: Closes, Wynds and Mews

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This piece looks at the role of contemporary closes, wynds and mews, re-interpretations of Scottish urban forms. Our aim is to show the linkage between design of the house and the place of which it forms a part.

In urban Scotland, closes and wynds emerged behind the market street as the narrow routes between plots of land. These slender routes, with their closely-bound adjoining buildings and boundary walls, form a distinctive Scottish typology. In later Georgian streets mews had a similar function of providing the infrastructure to Georgian townhouses, with mews now re-appropriated for compact urban living. Such ancillary streets and lanes are often the interstices between busy streets and blocks of terraced townhouses. Surviving examples have proved adaptable and conducive to a mix of uses.

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