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.
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.