Active Nature

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The Water of Leith is a beauty that spans across the city of Edinburgh, from west to north; starting at Balerno and ending in Leith. While on a site visit to the Leith-end of the river, I couldn’t help but notice the number of people jogging past — both alone and in groups, walking their dog, commuting from home to work, or walking leisurely with a friend. It appeared to be a well-used and well-loved, however it was a thoroughfare, not a destination.

Brief:
To design a functional, useable intervention for the Water of Leith, Edinburgh, that serves the community.

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Inspiration
Taking inspiration from my time in Helsinki, Finland, where some forests and wooded areas come equipped with their own gym, my proposal for the chosen site was to create a dynamic structure that could house multiple exercise stations.

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Shape of the Structure
Tracing over a map and locating the positions of the trees brought about the shape of the structure. Drawing inspiration from the randomness of nature was key to the success of this project.

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Materiality
The reclaimed timber sleepers and corten steel structure brings together the man-made and the natural, lending a feeling of purpose and of intrigue.

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Conclusion
The structure sits well amidst its surroundings. It provides shelter, opportunity, inspiration, motivation and a space for the people of Leith to come together and engage in group training and community.

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