With Mies van der Rohe, Luis Barragaìn and Tadao Ando forming the bedrock of inspiration, how could these stables (yes, stables!) be anything other than incredible. Located near Buenos Aires, the stables are home to forty-four horses and was the brainchild of owner and polo legend Nacho Figueras and architect Juan Ignacio Ramos.
Conceived as a building that would simultaneously be open to the surrounding land yet blend into it almost to the point of disappearing, the structure is an exercise in cast concrete, linear forms and a stunning green roof that the horses happily graze on. Together with the concrete, wood and metal work form the core material palate and help to anchor the stables firmly in the realm of the three architectural masters that inspired it. Certainly one can see a suggestion of van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, a nod to Barragaìn’s signature shallow pools of water and a celebration of Ando’s love of concrete mass.
This project brings together the best parts of form, function and inspiration with the result being a stunning celebration of the owners passion and livelihood.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy
Images: Oberto Gili and the Design firm