MG Stud Farm
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MG Stud Farm: sustainability and integration

Photography by © Maria João Gala

The luxuriant presence of nature across the Minho region was a foundational axis for the conceptual development of these stables, with the primary premise being to harmonize the new structure with the surrounding environment.


Natural pine wood emerges as the primary material, naturally harmonizing not only the coating but also the structures, which clearly take on a leading role, serving as the foundation for the entire design. This hierarchy aims to ensure that the natural element retains its deserved significance. The use of wood for the façade and openings, with varying degrees of openness, enabled the control of natural lighting and ventilation, ensuring the desired comfort.


The hardware and accessories were originally designed, embodying the desired simplicity and functionality in this stud farm.


To minimize the impact of each building on the surroundings, two distinct nuclei were created: the Stables and the Covered Riding Arena, both complemented by an Electric Walker and an Outdoor Riding Arena. This fragmentation encourages the discovery of each unit at different moments, as one traverses the property, enhancing the element of surprise. These two main buildings are further complemented by a Mare Paddock and a Round Pen, providing an integrated response to the requested functional program.


The project won the 2022 Architizer A+Awards Popular Winner in the Architecture +Wood category, as well as two International Design Awards (IDA): Silver in the Sustainable Living/Green category and Bronze in the Other Architectural Designs category. It was also nominated for the ArchDaily 2022 Building of the Year Awards.