Stables San José / RAMA Estudio
Stables San José / RAMA Estudio
Photographs: Jag Studio
Text description provided by the architects. We are entrusted with an infrastructure, which houses 3 horses, a laundry room, drinking troughs, toilets, and a saddlery. The project aims to bring together all the services in a single pavilion where all animal care and feeding activities are carried out.
The idea was to solve the program under a large roof with a light and slender structure, which blends into the surrounding eucalyptus forests. This is accomplished through a sequence of cemented portals with a minimum of fulcrum points, which were constructed on site from eucalyptus wood using simple joinery and hardware assemblies.
Mixed structural pieces (wood and stretched rod) are inserted into the trusses, resulting in light, contemporary and almost invisible elements. With these trusses, a span of 7.5 meters between the supports is achieved, leaving the interior space completely free for the arrangement of the feeders and a frontal strip which opens onto the most public spaces of the project.
One of the requirements of the project was to think about a future extension, the repetition of these structural frames gives the building the possibility of gradual and flexible horizontal growth.
Inside, the feeder modules occupy a space of 3×4 meters each, made up of prefabricated panels in pine slats, worked by carpenters from a local workshop, these boxes are mounted elevated from the ground, giving the impression that they float, shedding more light on the building.
The feeder modules are recessed, leaving a front access walkway, which serves as a covered outdoor space where they are located: the drinking trough, care area, saddlery, shade and rain protection .
The roof of this pavilion is solved with single water, which allows to direct and collect the rainwater in the direction of the rear facade of the building, towards a stone channel which runs along the rear edge where the water seeps in. building. ground. The structure is implanted in the least invasive way on the ground by merging a perimeter chain + 1 rib in each axis of the structure, which allows us to occupy the minimum amount of concrete to anchor the structure to the ground.
The sub-floor is formed with earth + a little cement using the material from the site, improving its strength by manual compaction, inside the stables the hay floor is covered, which helps to improve the comfort thermal animal, facilitates waste cleaning and allows urine to infiltrate directly into the soil.
In this project, we worked by hand with carpenters and resources from the region, during construction the modulation of materials and management of resources were a priority; Generating as little waste as possible, each surplus of wood has been incorporated into the structure, the support elements, or the conformation of the furniture of the front room, the ironwork water tanks are cut in the middle and are reused for drinkers.
For the development of the project, local labor has been used and for subsequent maintenance of the project the community is involved, closing the cycle in which the project helps activate the economy of the place, sowing environmental awareness and sustainable among residents of a rural area increasingly threatened by “modernity”.