Villas South America

This collection of one and two-storey villas in the South American pampas was designed according to an existing masterplan as residences for polo aficionados. The villas sum up the exclusive lifestyle associated with this spectacular sport, where the performance of the horse is as important as the skill of the players.

Inspiration for the design came from the 19th century British photographer, Eadward Muybridge, famous for his pioneering studies of animal locomotion. Muybridge was the first to capture still images of a running horse; a sequence where the horse, contracting or stretching its body, lifts all its feet off the ground. The architecture of the villas is an embodiment of this dynamic moment, as tension and expansion is expressed in angular, concrete butterfly roofs stretched over simple, load bearing brick walls. The butterfly roofs open up the space to the landscape, while minimalist brick surfaces allude to the vernacular architecture of the pampas, historically connected with horse riding. The buildings could never impose on the endless plains. Instead, they are modest structures, harmoniously weaving parts of the natural setting into their core.

South America
Concept Design, 2014