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Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira + Clara Bastai

Curated by Matheus Pereira
Architects : Carlos Castanheira, Clara Bastai
Year : 2012
Photographs : Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Design Team : Orlando Sousa, Fernanda Sá, Joana Catarino, Cátia Carvalho, Pedro Afonso, Adele Pinna, Sofia Conceição, Inês Bastos, Diana Vasconcelos, Nuno Campos
Structural Engineers : HDP, Gabinete de Serviços e Projectos de Engenharia Civil, Lda.
Hydraulic Engineers : Diâmetro & Cálculo Engenharia Lda.
Lighting And Telecomunication : Igemáci Engenharia, Lda.
Wood Construction And Carpentry Main Building : Carmo Estruturas em Madeira S.A. e Carmo SA. Carpintaria C.Silva, Lda. Henriques & Rodrigues, Lda.
Wood Construction And Carpentry Canopy For Ruin : TOSCCA Equipamentos em madeira,Lda.
Wood Construction And Carpentry Swimming Pool : Henriques & Rodrigues, Lda.
City : Leça da Palmeira
Country : Portugal

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Textual content description supplied by the architects. We at all times fear in regards to the nicely being of the individuals who will inhabit the areas that we design and hope to see constructed. To inhabit is to occupy these areas and to carry out the very important capabilities of consolation, of labor or pleasure. In actuality, it’s to do with ordering and giving kind to capabilities.

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We’re functionalists, if solely as a result of Architecture needs to be useful and so it forces us to be so too. If not, we’ll be condemned to discomfort, absurdity and finally ridicule. The Equestrian Centre situated at Cabo do Mundo, Leça da Palmeira, is inhabited by horses and dealing there, individuals who love horses. The problem, or transient, required using timber within the structure and likewise within the partitions, partitions and ceilings.

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A timber steady building with two enclosed arenas, a cellar and a social building, additionally in timber. Simply as in another challenge, it’s essential to take heed to the shoppers and listen to their requests, necessities and aspirations. Being unable to speak to the horses, who would be the actual inhabitants of the place, I used to be obliged to interact in dialogue with those that know and work with horses.

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Regardless of having had some expertise with and having at all times cherished these mild beings, I had by no means checked out this topic from knowledgeable perspective. Once we follow our occupation we enter deeply into the lives of the eventual inhabitants and customers and get to know them nicely and intimately. What they like, what they don’t like. That is at all times the way in which, as must be the case, regardless of who these customers or habitants are.

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The Equestrian Centre is a spot the place one lives with, for and off the horses. Every thing must be about operate and luxury. The necessity for indoor areas has to do with safety from the extra aggressive points of the local weather, akin to storms, as a result of it isn’t at all times attainable to be outdoor. The 2 lined driving arenas, of various sizes, developed into an fascinating structural problem as a result of significantly massive spans, and this led to some experimentation.

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Construction defines area and capabilities. Construction is each the bottom and the end. Construction defines the building as a result of each aspect is each structure and area. The equestrian actions prolong past the indoor areas. The positioning was molded to create terraces the place an exterior driving area, paddocks, leaping arenas and driving paths have been constructed. Very close to to the Atlantic, solely a look away.