Urban Timber Bridge
This Technology group project required us to design a timber bridge for Grassmarket Street in Edinburgh. Using a traditional post and beam structure, the timber bridge spanned the Grassmarket to re-connect the remains of the medieval town walls. The bridge was considered as an approach to the castle, and so we wanted it to appear to climb visually towards the old fortress. We re-imagined the crenelations of the old wall, opting for a system of irregular vertical elements which would make up the balustrade. These gradually climbed up towards the castle while alternating in height and parting in places to offer and deny views onto the Grassmarket at different points along the bridge- much like the original battlements which the bridge was to replace.
Walking across the bridge
Walking within the bridge offers a constantly changing view of the Grassmarket- particularly as the slats increase in height nearer the castle as a visual escalation to this historic monument.
View from Edinburgh Castle
Winding its way across the Grassmarket, the proposal is intended to reconnect the disjointed elements of the medieval town wall to allow a more continuous walkway for pedestrians as well as offering a tribute to the city's history.
Night view from the Grassmarket
With numerous street lights on the Grassmarket, the irregular slats create a jagged silhouette against the sky, referencing the battlements of the old wall.