The Bield (meaning shelter or protection) exists as a place of refuge: whether one wants to escape city life for a while, or to escape a heavy downpour whilst out walking. It is located on Quiet Route 60 of Edinburgh’s cycling network, once part of the Loanhead and Roslin Railway. Supported by an exhilarating remnant of Bilston Viaduct, the folded structure is only fully revealed from below the high level path, cascading into the wooded ravine.

 

The Bield is split into three main zones - the Refuge for Hikers, Runners and Cyclists, the Writers’ Retreat and the Bothy for sleeping out in the woodland. As visitors make their way through the structure, a constantly changing woodland vista is revealed. The interiors have been designed to maximise comfort. All furniture is integral to the interior, conveying a feeling of being warmly embraced by the building. Suspended in the tree canopy, visitors can explore this terrain from a new vantage point and can hide underneath it. The Bield occupies the middle space - the unmapped area, just off the beaten track. It is the perfect place to hide. The Bield is a place where one can dive off the edge of a world of asphalt and steel into the soft, warm embrace of timber. Nestled within the canopy, it is an exploration into what it is to truly detach from the world.

LIDAR DSM

A LIDAR DSM (Digital Surface Model) maps out everything found on the surface of a selected terrain - including trees, cars and houses. This accurate map of the woodland surrounding the Bield set the limits for spatial explorations into the canopy.

 

A LIDAR DTM (Digital Terrain Model) maps out only the terrain itself, ignoring all surface objects.

 

The Bield inhabits the space between these surfaces - the unmapped area, hidden just out of view.

A LIDAR Elevation DSM Map of the Site expand
LIDAR DSM Map
Site Plan of The Bield expand
Site Plan
Isometric Plan showing the location of different zones in the Bield expand
Map of the Bield
Isometric Plan of Bothy 1 expand
Plan of Bothy 1
Interior Visualisation of Bothy 1's Dining Area expand
Bothy 1's Dining Area
Interior Visualisation of Bothy 1's Twin Bedroom expand
Bothy 1's Twin Bedroom
Interior Visualisation of Bothy 1's Double Bedroom expand
Bothy 1's Double Bedroom
Isometric Plan of Refuge 2 expand
Refuge 2 Plan
Interior Visualisation of Refuge 2 expand
Refuge 2 Private Place
Interior Visualisation of Refuge 2's Balcony View expand
Refuge 2 - Balcony View 2
Interior Visualisation of Refuge 2's Balcony View expand
Refuge 2 - Balcony View 1
Isometric Plan of the Retreat expand
Retreat Plan
Interior Visualisation of the Retreat's Meeting Place expand
Retreat - Meeting Place
Interior Visualisation of the Retreat's Private Spaces expand
Retreat - Private Space 1
Exterior Visualisation of the Retreat's Private Spaces expand
Retreat - Private Space 2
Isometric Plan of the Sanctuary expand
Sanctuary Plan
Interior Visualisation of the Sanctuary's view of the River expand
Sanctuary Window
Interior Visualisation of the Sanctuary's Hiding Places expand
Sanctuary Hiding Place 1
Interior Visualisation of the Sanctuary's Hiding Places expand
Sanctuary Hiding Place 2
Maps of Edinburgh & Bilston Glen

These maps explore how the Bilston Glen Viaduct is linked to Edinburgh, both spatially and temporally. Produced using GIS software, they grounded the Bield and made a case for its existence.

Maps exploring the Site, its connections, its history, and some of its unique features expand
The Site, its connections, its history, and some of its unique features
Skills & Experience
  • Exploration through Model Making
  • Analysing LIDAR Data
  • Using GIS Mapping Software
  • Detailing with CLT
  • Suspending a Building with Steel from a Bridge
  • Constructing within a Tree Canopy
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