Sculptor David Mach reveals new building design
Celebrated sculptor David Mach has unveiled a design for his first ever building - a new arts, events and conference venue made out of shipping containers.
The 63-year-old artist has revealed his latest creation 'Mach 1' - which will be made out of more than 30 shipping containers and stand around 50ft tall.
Mach has compared the building to the "piles of rocks" he recalls from the Fife coastline he was brought up beside.
The building, which will have around 3500 sq ft of floor space, could open in spring next year if planning is secured for a site next to the Edinburgh Park Central tram stop.
The Fife-born artist, famed for his creations made of matches, tyres, magazines and coathangers, used dozens of boxes of Bacofoil to create plans for the design.
It is hoped music, comedy and poetry nights will be regularly held at the building, which will have a capacity for more than 140 people.
The building will act as a marketing suite for a new "city quarter" expected to create 1,800 homes and more than 7,000 jobs on a 43-acre site.
The Turner Prize nominee got involved in the Edinburgh development after starting to work with the London-based gallery Pangolim.
The gallery is part of Kings Place, a seven-storey development created by Parabola which combines office space with music and visual arts venues.
Mach claimed the project has turned him into an 'accidental architect'.
He said: "I was already working with Pangolin on a few ideas with shipping containers when this opportunity came up.
"I seem to have become an accidental architect with this, which I'm sure architects will have something to say about.
"But it's not a pretend thing - it's a real piece of architecture.
"Shipping containers are really interesting to me architecturally.
They are really honest and are also really familiar to people.
They also go all over the world.
"But this will be different to anything else that has been built of them before, which is what you really want as an artist.
"We're still working out whether every bit of it will be from real shipping containers, but it will have to look as if they are all real containers and it will be very strong.
"You should be able to drive a tank over it.
"I think people will look at it and think they have seen it before, like a king of Inca thing you'd find hacking your way through the jungle.
"When I knew what Parabola was after I made a basic model out of Bacofoil boxes.
I bought the whole lot at Sainsbury's.
I've still got enough to last me about 20 years.
"I don't really need a super-model.
I just started fooling around imagining the kind of spaces you could create inside the building.
"I never work with computers.
I always think they limit your imagination.
"I can already see the building having a very interesting life.
I actually hope it'll become a great venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in future." The dad-of-one said the building will be available to hire when it is not in use by the developers, who are due to begin work on the first phase of their project within weeks.
Tony Hordon, managing director of Parabola, said: "The initial brief we gave David was for a space to showcase the development and also allow functions to take place.
"But we didn't just want any old space - we wanted something a bit different, that makes a real impact and a statement." Parabola founder Peter Millican said: "David Mach's vision of this unique installation perfectly tunes with Parabola's ambition for a bold and exciting quarter of the city which marries exemplar design and innovation to deliver a new place in the city rich in art and culture, with world-class public space."