Credit : Estudio Ramos
Wednesday 13 December - 11h19 | Ian Clayton
In harmony with the landscape and nature. That is one way to describe these stables owned by a professional polo player near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The structure, designed by local architectural firm Estudio Ramos for polo star Nacho Figueras on the plains of La Pampa in the region of the capital, was profiled earlier this year by the site dezeen.com.As Alyn Griffiths recounts on the design web site, the “vast, open plains and the extensive vistas towards the distant horizon are reflected in what the architects described as the ‘pronounced horizontalism and simplicity of elements’ employed in the design of the stables building.”These horizontal stables, called the Figueras Polo Stables, include stalls for 44 horses, the article describes, within structures facing toward the neighbouring polo fields as well as the rear of the property. There are also social gathering and equipment areas, as well as groom’s quarters.Both horses and humans can access the roof, planted with wild native grasses. As Griffiths observes, "The grasses covering the building's roof were chosen to offer a more wild and natural contrast to the manicured turf of the nearby polo field." Article continues below with more photos by Estudio Ramos. Additional photos of the project can also be seen on the firm's web site here. (Article continues below).
"The volumes that face the field are partially hidden behind extended walls and massive planted earth slopes," Griffiths quotes from the architects' project description, Juan Ignacio Ramos, Ignacio Ramos and Soledad Ramos, "which not only provide privacy to the stables, but also subtly reduce the building's impact on the landscape.”And as the design journalist and author of 21st Century Lighting Design notes, “A simple palette of exposed concrete and local hardwoods is employed throughout the project, creating low maintenance structures with an aesthetic that will weather attractively over time.”
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