Don’t be alarmed if you see horses on the roof of this stable—they’re meant to be there. Argentinian architecture firm Estudio Ramos designed Figueras Stables, a stunning contemporary building for professional polo player Nacho Figueras. Located in the grasslands of La Pampa of central Argentina, the modern stable is planted with wild native grasses on its sloped roof for horses to graze.
The Figueras Stables’ low-lying horizontal profile draws inspiration from the simplicity of the surrounding flatlands and the landscape’s “feeling of a never-ending horizontality.” The 3,600-square-meter building comprises two long parallel volumes, one facing the polo field that contains more social spaces and the other near the back of the property that houses work facilities and grooming quarters. There are 44 stalls in total for the polo horses. inhabitat.com/tag/freestanding/Freestanding walls delineate different outdoor spaces.
“A very special and intimate connection is forged between the horses and the people who train and take care of them,” wrote the architects. “It has been our aim to design these stables as the space that contains and nurtures that relationship.”
The project is built mainly of exposed concrete and local hardwoods, chosen for aesthetic appeal and low maintenance. In contrast to the crisp clean lines of the modern stables and the manicured polo fields, the roof is planted with wild inhabitat.com/tag/native-grasses/native grasses. The roof is gently sloped and melds into the landscape, creating easy access for the horses and people who want to use it as an observation platform. A concrete spiral staircase also provides access to the roof. Large grass-covered slopes were built to further blend the building into the landscape and provide privacy to the stables. A reflecting pool wraps around part of the building to tie the different spaces together.