SCAD equestrian stable building
Jasper, South Carolina
The latest addition to the campus at the SCAD Equestrian Center in Jasper South Carolina is the new state-of-the-art horse stable building completed in October 2015. Having far exceeded the capacity of the existing thirty-two horse stalls in the original stable building, the new facility provides stalls for up to fifty-two horses and also includes offices, vet facilities, tack rooms, locker rooms, wash stalls and a much needed meeting room which can be used either for receptions or classroom space for the prestigious equestrian studies program at SCAD. Although the new stable is substantially larger than the original stable building, it was sited and designed to complement the existing the size, scale and an architectural character of its counterpart while still having its own identity.
On the exterior the architects used a playful combination of traditional architectural forms in a slightly exaggerated scale to fulfill the programmatic requirements of the building in an economical yet elegant assembly. The combined language of the board and batten siding, metal roofing, and a combination of dormers and cupolas gave the project a vernacular material palette while also allowing an abundance of natural light and passive ventilation. On the interior, vaulted ceilings and the repetitive structure of the heavy timber columns and trusses and lighting create an airy and architectural space. The long hallways and oversized sliding doors frame the views to the paddocks beyond.
The new stable building received a 2015 AIA Award for Design Excellence.