This project utilizes the existing covid-centre into a law school. The site holds significant interest as a result of its topography sloping which is looking north towards the historic Edinburgh castle.
The project takes a cautious heritage conservation approach, in order to retain as much of the existing historic Edinburgh castle views from the residential across as possible.
Moreover, it also takes interest to rediscover an artistic and meaningful expressive dialogue between the built environment and its cultural and societal context.
Lastly, the proposal introduces an interesting lecture hall system inspired by Giancarlo de Carlo which proposes a subdividable hall with radial walls in which 9 classrooms can open up into a big auditorium creating a multipurpose space, with 936 seats capacity. Some spaces are located at the basement level for conservational purposes. It also creates a rooftop communal space, accessible to the public, providing a means of interaction with the city.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.
Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.
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