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Craigsbank Parish Church

Door open days


The Sanctuary is a hidden gem of 60’s Architecture, designed by Sir William Kininmonth. The square plan and plain white windowless exterior allow the Sanctuary to float above ground - acknowledging the influence of Le Corbusier’s Chapel at Ronchamp. The interior creates drama, interpreting the ‘Covenanting Conventicle Church’ by its hollowed form with the surrounding sweeping ‘terraces’ of seating. Such qualities create an uplifting and simultaneously peaceful space with daylight from the innovative inverted clerestory perimeter.

ACTIVITIES: Performance of original musical composition, 3D printed models of the building and guided tours.

Performance of an Original Katrina Burton Composition for Modernist Style Buildings . The form of the Sanctuary creates a wonderful space for music and in recognition of these qualities composer Katrina Burton has selected our interior as one of the spaces for an original music composition.  As a composer, Katrina’s music is very much inspired by an interest in the visual arts: painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. Her interest in music and architecture has resulted in two commissions by the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago event. 

The new work by Katrina, lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University, will be performed by Music student Joanna Stark, with multiple performances at regular intervals throughout the day. Members from the Design department at Edinburgh Napier will be creating in-situ 3D models of the building. Both the music and 3D printing will take place between 1100-1500 on Saturday September 23rd.


Key Information

Building Date: 1966

Where to find us

  • 19/19a Craigs Bank
  • Edinburgh
  • EH12 8HD