La Chapelle Gaceline
Riding-school with integrated stalls, clubhouse, grandstands, and living space.
The client bought a plot of land next to a river and on the outskirts of a small city where he intended create a complex of buildings for horse shows and exhibitions. We convinced the client that, unlike similar complexes that exist in France, he ought to try a plan that would combine the living spaces with the actual working areas for the horses under a single roof.
This arrangement would have the following advantages:
Since the budget for the project was very limited, and the cost of a hanger relatively small, the living spaces could be provided with a inexpensive roof -- and the rafters of the roof would provide a serviceable frame for further building.
The construction work might carry on under this same roof; an obvious advantage in the wet Breton climate.
Aesthetically, a large single building would be more pleasing than a great hall with a small, separate residence.
The fact that both horses and people are housed within the same building makes supervision of the horses throughout much simpler.
The stable is constructed with a series of double posts, which support the wooden rafters of the roof. This arrangement of doubled posts helps to break up the monotonous rhythm of construction that stables like this can sometimes have. The wide slit between the posts also provide the basic light for the interior, and the walls of the stable have been finished with wooden planks of various breadths.
finished: under construction