Authors: Sara Presas- Silvia Peris
Instructors: Yolanda Olmo- Rosa Rull
School of Architecture- University of Illinois at Chicago
The project consists on a horse racing masterplan in Baix Llobregat(Barcelona).
In this masterplan, arose two projects, the grandstand and the stables:
Equilines ‘Racing’ Side (The grandstand):
Due to its geographical location, the Project seeks integration and respect for the natural setting. It is based on rigid, compact concrete nuclei that form the base’s platforms to see the races, the horses and the landscape. The building therefore concentrates its load in minimum points of support, offering permeability and a place of meeting on the ground floor.
Most of the useful space is exterior, and the interior is created using glass cases that offer transparency and visibility from any point of the Project.
The floor plans are rectangular in geometry, maintaining a coherent relation with the facility and the public space that is generated. The only exception is the floor plan of the grandstand, which turns through five degrees from the track to ensure optimum viewing conditions for spectators.
Equilines ‘Horse’ Side (The stables):
Since this is the stable block of the racing track, the building is open to its surroundings, relating to them by means of the prolongation of gullies and fields.
In this way, the project creates spaces of transition between urban and countryside as the setting for constant relations between people and horses.
The structural rhythm of the building is defined by the ideal measurements of a stall, 4x4m. The Project is broken down into three parts due to the needs of the brief. We exploit this necessity to insert the stable block between the outdoor spaces produced by this division.
The building turns delicately through ten degrees to break with the square layout and create more spacious areas between the stables. The lines of water that enter the building mark a separation from the stables, a physical but not visual barrier between people and horses.