the contentious Haymarket hotel development by Richard Murphy
Professor Isi Metzstein has described the importance of Edinburgh Castle to the city’s skyline as “overrated”.
The 19-storey scheme will have 17 storeys above ground on a site close to the city centre, a Unesco World Heritage site.
The plans are opposed by local residents and conservation bodies including Edinburgh’s civic trust, the Cockburn Association, which says the scheme is too tall.
The Scotsman newspaper reported that Metzstein said the castle “did tend to give the impression that everything must be subservient to it”.
Metzstein offered support for Murphy’s hotel, saying he believed it could be a “dynamic” addition to the skyline.
“It is provocative, interesting and stimulating,” he said. “In modern times we don’t build cathedrals and churches; something has to come along to leaven the bread.”