It is the building's outer cladding that defines its image and personality, lending unity to the composition.
The simple, linear design is emphasised by the building's metal skin, with its pure, strong, dark colours. Another key material in the design is glass, interrupting the continuity of the metal surface to make way for light and transparency in the entrance hall, the recording studio and the dance area.
The big windows let people outside see what it going on in the Music Box. The result is a "living" container capable of communicating with the outside through these openings, interacting with passers-by and the student community.
One of RMJM studio's main goals in the project was to make a lively addition to Stevenson College that would be open not only to students but to the whole community.
The Music Box will become a new icon for Edinburgh, not just a landmark in residents' visual imagination but also a reference for participating in events in the world of music and the performing arts.