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1847 – The Dome, Edinburgh

Architect: David Rhind

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Formerly a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and now a bar, The Dome has a impressive sequence of interior spaces. A large hallway leads via a short passage into a tall square stairwell. This stairwell is toplit and contains a balcony level, decorative plasterwork and ionic columns. Walking through this space, the customer was funelled through a short, small corridor and into the main banking hall – a fabulous interior space with a fine dome.

The dome is punctured to allow natural light into the space and is ‘supported’ by corinthian philasters around the walls. A decorative mosaic floor can also be seen. Its conversion into a bar has been carried out quite sensitively with a central bar counter inserted.