The Castle Terrace multi story car park was the first of its kind in Scotland and helped bring Edinburgh into the future with the rapid increase of automobiles, replacing horse drawn carriages. The proposal re-purposes the car park as an equine facility, which seeks to re-urbanise horses, conduct equine studies, and provide a natural haven for vulnerable people to interact with horses and benefit from equine therapy.
The majority of the building is equine accessible, allowing for a fluid relationship between equine and human spaces. The existing structure already benefits from sloping access to all levels, however, more direct routes through the building are created with the introduction of spiral ramps. A large hole is extracted from the existing structure to form the exercise arena and allow for more natural lighting. The stables are designed as pods that slot into the structure and the roof provides a serene wildlife landscape for grazing, exercise, and public interaction with the horses.
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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