It is a surprise to think that this extension to the original Sydney Mitchell Colinton Parish Church has the same ground floor area as the church itself. By clever use of a stepped zinc roof, the illusion is created of a modest porch addition, whereas in reality new halls, offices and support facilities are embedded in the building block. The ground floor can be read both as an extension of the graveyard but also as a balcony to the tree-edged Water of Leith landscape beyond.
The new hall, by virtue of sliding doors and screens, can be seen as a separate entity or as an extension to the foyer providing a range of flexible uses depending on church and community needs. The existing side entrance to the church and this new entrance from the back of the sanctuary have, importantly, a visual relationship. The new does not diminish the old’s importance as the way into the church.