“Les Ecuries de la Roche” project sits in the middle of nature, just few kilometres away from Lyon. A natural landscape with exceptional qualities that the project sought to preserve and enhance through a reasoned approach to design.
The stables project reinterprets the traditional codes of the agricultural architecture through a contemporary use of wood and concrete. The calm and silent writing of the building resonate with the beauty of the landscape.
As a reminder of the surrounding forests, the structure, the porticoes and the louvres filter the light, bringing depth to the building and giving it a sense of serenity.
Sustainable design has been developed and achieved through passive systems. Despite the numerous constraints, the proposed plan enables natural ventilation and lighting.
The riding arena, orientated south, benefits from optimized sunshine while being protected to the north by a large closed volume.
Concrete has only been used where required, in close contact with horses. The Douglas timber for the entire structure comes from local forests. A thorough attention to details gives a clear reading of the wooden structure.
The project stands out from conventional prefabricated stable by offering a tailor-made solution. The architecture, in a quest for simplicity tries to fit in and not impose itself to the natural environment.
It shows how we can bring together contemporary culture and ancient landscape with the detailed context of individual places.
This multi-award winning building was nominated to the Equerre d’Argent prize in 2021 and won Fibois AURA in 2021 and Sequence Bois Award in 2023.