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Scan Magazine | Architecture Special | Denmark

Refurbishment at full gallop E+N Arkitektur’s task of creating one of Europe’s top stallion stations required aligning aesthetics with a functional working environment for humans and horses. By Thomas Bech Hansen | Photos: E+N Arkitektur

Nobody was told to hold their horses as E+N Arkitektur was hired to place Blue Hors stallion station in Randbøll, Denmark, near Vejle, firmly among Europe’s equestrian elite. “The facilities had to compete with the biggest and the best,” says Jesper Back, architect and partner at E+N Arkitektur, about the contract which involved both refurbishing and expansion aspects encompassing a total of 20,000 square metres. Each year, the station receives around 2,000 fillies, and activities had to run smoothly during the entire process. Simultaneously, the architects worked hard to ensure a high standard, for instance by creating makeshift passages for horses passing through. “On this scale, small details can have big consequences. This is horse breeding from the top shelf, so we had to come up with a solution of the

highest order without compromising the wellbeing of the animals,” says Back.

Existing and new With over 50 years of experience specialising in restoration projects and developing new buildings in historical contexts, E+N Arkitektur, formerly known as Exners Tegnestue, encourages a constant dialogue between old and new. Projects where the architects can experiment with new methods and ways to use cultural heritage buildings form the backbone of the office.

Prestigious recognition

Hay houses, barns, stables and breeding facilities were all dealt with based on E+N’s overriding philosophy focused on recognisability, materials and texture. The 2,700-square-metre riding hall is the station’s hub of activity and arena for events and shows seating up to 1,000 spectators. Great efforts were made to create an appealing showground that also helps display the horses’ grace and athleticism. “We have used concrete and a combination of bricks and woodchip, all materials that age beautifully. The room is bathed in sunlight, and we put as low as possible a slant on the ceiling so the horses can take centre stage and an intimate and gripping atmosphere is created in the room.”

In 2014, the Blue Hors project received an honourable mention at the Danish Building Awards. “The horses have a grand new home that shows respect for the animals,” said the jury.

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