Adam House

Adam House is a Category B listed building in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is owned by the University of Edinburgh, and used as studio spaces for the architecture school. It consists of 4 studio spaces and a lecture theatre.

External detail from Adam House

The four storey building with basement, at 5 and 6 Chambers Street, was built in a modern neo-classical style by William H Kininmonth, a leading Scottish exponent of Modernism, and dates to 1954. It includes a 164-seat basement theatre space, as well as the architecture studios. These were built to the rear of the building to limit traffic and other noise pollution.[1]

The building's name commemorates Adam Square, one of the three 18th century residential squares built to make way for Chambers Street as part of the 1867 City Improvement Act.[1]

As well as its use as an examination hall, it is also used as a venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, where for many years it was operated by the company C venues.[2] For the 2019 Fringe, rival promoters Gilded Balloon took over the building.[3]


  1. ^ a b "University of Edinburgh, Adam House, 5 and 6 Chambers Street, Edinburgh". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ "C venues C". Edinburgh Guide. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Dessau, Bruce. "News: Gilded Balloon Takes Over Main C Venues For Edinburgh Fringe 2019". Beyond The Joke. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

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