As Lent Term draws to a close, design exploration into extrapolating the problematic monumentality of Calton Hill was critiqued. This is design stress testing.
The crit saw how the language of the vault, frequent in the historic urban cartilage of Edinburgh, could be utilised to anchor the designs firmly in the unique landscape of Calton Hill, an element key to the identity of the site.
The speculative programme for the edifice was to be a Central Bank, the interface between an emerging currency system of an independent nation, vested with its national identity, and the governmental buildings already vested in the locale.
In depiction and design, the formative ideas of the original architectures of the hill, unearthed by research, were pushed to their very limits.