Horse grooming typically takes place in dark and closed-in stables, but one young Spanish equestrian moved the hygienic ritual to a more elegant and picturesque setting. Designed by Norwegian studio Gartnerfuglen in collaboration with Spanish architect Marian de Delás, the Grooming Retreat is a delicate and open-air timber platform that rises above a barley field on an agricultural estate in Mallorca, Spain. The design comprises three structures: the elevated timber platform for the equestrian, a feeding and grooming area for the horse, and a thin, raised wooden walkway that connects the two structures.
The Grooming Retreat was commissioned by a young urbanite who moved back to the countryside to work in her family’s agricultural business. In response to the client’s desire for a space for “grooming, contemplation, and delicacy,” the minimal design is divided into an elevated cocoon-like sanctuary for private meditation and a horse station with a water tank and manger. The Grooming Station is located at the center of a barley field surrounded by bushes and wild olive trees and overlooks views of the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.
The main elevated structure is made from locally sourced timber and wrapped in layers of translucent white mosquito netting that allow views and natural light to filter through while preserving a sense of privacy. “Learning from the importance and formality of horse grooming before and after riding it, the project intends to gain back the time devoted to one self that modern times has taken away,” say the designers.
Images via Mariana de Delás