EQUESTRIAN CENTRE by Carlos Castanheira

Large-span wooden complex

Project Specs


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We always worry about the well being of the people who will inhabit the spaces that we design and hope to see built. To inhabit is to occupy those spaces and to perform the vital functions of comfort, of work or pleasure. In reality, it is to do with ordering and giving form to functions. We are functionalists, if only because Architecture has to be functional and so it forces us to be so too.

▼项目远观,distant view © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

马术中心位于Leça da Palmeira的Cabo do Mundo区域,马居住在这里,热爱马的人们在这里工作。我们需要在结构、隔板、墙壁和天花中使用木材,这是我们面临的挑战。该项目是一座木制马厩建筑,设有两个封闭骑马场、一个地下室和一座木制社交建筑。

The Equestrian Centre located at Cabo do Mundo, Leça da Palmeira, is inhabited by horses and working there, people who love horses. The challenge, or brief, required the use of timber in the structure and also in the partitions, walls and ceilings. A timber stable building with two enclosed arenas, a cellar and a social building, also in timber.

▼正立面,main facade © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼侧立面,side facade © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG


Just as in any other project, it is necessary to listen to the clients and hear their requests, requirements and aspirations. Being unable to talk to the horses, who will be the real inhabitants of the place, I was obliged to engage in dialogue with those who know and work with horses. Despite having had some experience with and having always loved these gentle beings, I had never looked at this subject from a professional point of view. When we practice our profession we enter deeply into the lives of the eventual inhabitants and users and get to know them well and intimately. What they like, what they don’t like. This is always the way, as should be the case, irrespective of who these users or habitants are.

▼马场外观,external view of the stable © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼凸起的高侧窗,convex clerestories © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG


The Equestrian Centre is a place where one lives with, for and off the horses. Everything needs to be about function and comfort. The need for indoor spaces has to do with protection from the more aggressive aspects of the climate, such as storms, because it isn’t always possible to be outdoors. The two covered riding arenas, of different sizes, developed into an interesting structural challenge due to the considerably large spans, and this led to some experimentation. Structure defines space and functions. Structure is both the base and the finish.

▼檐下空间,space under the eaves © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼室内骑马场,indoor riding arena © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼大跨空间结构,long-span spatial structure © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼结构由木材制成,the structure is made of wood © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG

▼马厩,stables © Fernando Guerra | FS+SG


The equestrian activities extend beyond the indoor areas. The site was molded to create terraces where an external riding arena, paddocks, jumping arenas and riding paths were built. Very near to the Atlantic, only a glance away.

▼总平面图,site plan © Carlos Castanheira

▼马场平面图,plan of the horse stables © Carlos Castanheira

▼马场立面图,elevations of the horse stables © Carlos Castanheira

▼马场剖面图,sections of the horse stables © Carlos Castanheira

▼泳池平面图,plan of the swimming pool © Carlos Castanheira

▼泳池立面图,elevations of the swimming pool © Carlos Castanheira

▼泳池剖面图,sections of the swimming pool © Carlos Castanheira

Architect: Carlos Castanheira
Offfice in Portugal: CC&CB – Architects, Lda.
Architect: Carlos Castanheira
Project Coordinator: Orlando Sousa
Collaborators: Fernanda Sá, Joana Catarino, Cátia Carvalho, Pedro Afonso, Adele Pinna, Sofia Conceição, Inês Bastos, Diana Vasconcelos, Nuno Campos
Paulo Fidalgo
Construction and
Engineering Projects, Lda.
Diâmetro & Cálculo –
Construction and Engineering Projects, Lda.
Lighting and telecomunications:
Engineering, Lda.
Wood construction and Carpentry:
Main building:
Carmo Estruturas em Madeira S.A. e Carmo SA.
Carpintaria C.Silva, Lda.
Henriques & Rodrigues, Lda.
Canopy for Ruin:
TOSCCA Equipamentos em madeira,Lda.
Piscina . Swimming pool:
Henriques & Rodrigues, Lda.

Construction area: 2 964 m2
Photography: Fernando Guerra
FG+SG | Fotografias de Arquitectura

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