The design of Edinburgh St James has been inspired by some of the world's great gallerias.

Edinburgh St James: Here are the great global gallerias which inspired the project's design

The design influences behind the new Edinburgh St James development have been unveiled.

The scheme's director for development, Martin Perry, says the £850 million project has been inspired by the likes of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan and the BCE Place in Toronto. He says the Edinburgh St James design is "anchored by places and experiences" and will draw people from one place to the next. Here are some pictures of these great gallerias alongside visualisations of Edinburgh's St James Centre.

An overhead visualisation of the proposed new Edinburgh St James Centre. pic: Edinburgh St James

1. Edinburgh St James

An overhead visualisation of the proposed new Edinburgh St James Centre. pic: Edinburgh St James
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The mighty entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the construction of which began in 1865 under architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Pic: Alexander Lande-Shutterstock

2. Milan Galleria

The mighty entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the construction of which began in 1865 under architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Pic: Alexander Lande-Shutterstock
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The spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an elegant 19th century shopping arcade - shaped like a Latin cross covered by a glass iron dome - which houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan.

3. Glass Dome

The spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an elegant 19th century shopping arcade - shaped like a Latin cross covered by a glass iron dome - which houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan.
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Designed by Allan Murray architects, Edinburgh St James will introduce nine high-quality intimate yet substantial public spaces all connected by routes and streets to encourage a sense of place. Pic: Edinburgh St James

4. Register Square Entrance

Designed by Allan Murray architects, Edinburgh St James will introduce nine high-quality intimate yet substantial public spaces all connected by routes and streets to encourage a sense of place. Pic: Edinburgh St James
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