Textual content description offered by the architects. In 2019, London-Paris-based DROO – Da Costa Mahindroo Architects have been approached by the personal homeowners of the Arc Polo Farm in Surrey. UK, to design, construct, and refurbish the gorgeous new clubhouse, current constructing, and panorama to create an exquisite stream between the ‘string of pearls’ on web site. The property had been owned beforehand by a horse coach and was lined with stables. The purchasers had just lately acquired the property and carried out some preliminary renovations to the prevailing keeper’s cottage, and one of many agricultural barns. As an lively equestrian farm and enterprise, the consumer wished to improve the services with cautious consideration for the working and the administration of the farm, with water being a major concern, for each the upkeep of observe fields and in addition the irrigation of the lake which offers the water supply for the complete farm.
Challenge scope. The architects have been requested to design first a clubhouse facility and the related landscaped areas to cater for company viewing matches on the fields throughout and to cater to occasions the purchasers host as part of the farm operation. Anchored by two massive oak timber the masterplan types an arc ranging from the prevailing cluster of stables round a central courtyard with the cottage within the center, to the clubhouse, then the outside barbecue space, and ending within the second oak tree within the distance.
The Clubhouse – Water harvesting and Shou Sugi. The constructing itself funnels all of its collected rainwater into the gathering pits for filtration and irrigates channels that result in the lake which then irrigates the fields in return, a course of of making a cyclical use of a valuable useful resource in an more and more drying local weather.
Particularly for the clubhouse, the deal with water-harvesting methods impressed its embracing of curved roofscape and exterior envelope to funnel water into the rainwater system irrigating the farm lake and subsequently the coaching fields. The constructing makes use of its compact footprint to typologically discover modern takes on the verandah, creating inside and outdoors rooms as a steady exploration of the connection of the constructed body to the sweeping vistas of the polo subject framed by the arc of the masterplan.
The constructing explores the craft of timber development at varied scales: construction, cladding, joinery, and furnishings. The parametrically outlined spruce glulam body is clad in contrasting conventional Shou Sugi Japanese charred wooden shingles for long-wearing and fungicide materials therapy. Contained in the expertise of the panorama is framed by a fragile play of fabric and lightweight between metal, pure stone, and heat oak detailing cladding volumes underneath the uninterruptedly evolving timber body.
Panorama word. DROO designed the panorama, with a consideration for the preservation of native natural world and inspiring biodiversity. On a misty morning, varied animals could be seen within the fields. The architects additionally labored on the thermal refurbishment of one of many grooms’ barns to be used in the summertime and winter months by the workers and trainers, in addition to engaged on drainage and water administration design for all buildings on the farm.