Edinburgh is renowned the world over for its beauty, and is home to a range of architectural gems, from Georgian and Victorian through to post-war constructions.
But not every construction in Scotland’s Capital city has met with public approval, and down the years some of the Capital’s buildings have divided opinion. Here we take a look at 13 of Edinburgh’s ‘ugliest’ buildings, the old St James Centre to the new St James Quarter and more.
5. Castle Terrace car park
Recently awarded Category B listed status, Castle Terrace was the first modern multi-storey car park built in Scotland when it opened in 1964.
Photo: Geograph/Jim Barton
6. Edinburgh University Library
Built to look like a bookcase, this eight-storey building was designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1967.
7. Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh
Now covered in cladding, the original concrete tower was a fine example of Brutalist architecture and was named posthumously for physicist Sir Edward Appleton.
8. Jury’s Inn hotel, Jeffrey Street
Soon to become the first UK NYX Hotel, the Jury’s Inn is housed in a listed Brutalist building close to Waverley station.
Photo: Geograph/Kim Traynor