Equestrian style to fore in award-winning new complex

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Merrick Equestrian Centre in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, has been featured in the April issue of design magazine Wallpaper*.
Merrick Equestrian Centre in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, has been featured in the April issue of design magazine Wallpaper*. Pictures Watson Architecture+Design

An award-winning equestrian complex that is part of a private country estate in Australia has featured in the April issue of international design magazine Wallpaper*.

The 1000sqm complex has been designed by UK-based Seth Stein Architects and local practice Watson Architecture + Design, among the vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne.

In design is said to give “a stylistic nod” to Luis Barragán’s Cuadra San Cristóbal stables.

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The centre, designed for the breeding and training of eventers, is the first phase of a private country estate on land overlooking the Bass Strait.

The stables are framed by a reinforced wall of rammed earth that runs along the southern border of the levelled section of the site in a reverse-J shape, offering robust protection from southern weather elements.

The main structures were constructed from Tasmanian oak frames, while subsidiary buildings are clad in spotted gum, an Australian hardwood.

It also include a 1,260sqm roof that harvests and retains rainfall, six large stables and a spacious barn wing.

The project has been shortlisted for several awards, and won the Australian Institute of Architects Sir Osborn McCutcheon award for commercial architecture in 2015.

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