Horse Barn

Apr 21, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Kieran Wong
  • Architect CODA

Last year we decided to initiate pro-bono work as part of our practice. We heard that a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility on the fringe of Perth was looking to build a horse barn in order for their clients to help to rehabilitate abused horses. We approached them to offer both our design and ‘construction’ services.

We sought to reuse as many of the materials as we could from the farm itself and develop a construction system that could be executed by many enthusiastic but largely untrained ‘builders’. The total budget for the project was $7000 or $25/m.

The existing structure is largely maintained and strengthened. Steel tracks from a previous hydroponic tomato system were reused to provide the structural components for walls and barriers. Within these a system of painted panels were inserted creating spaces for grooming and training as well as additional accommodation for other animals such as goats. Colours were selected for their capacity to be both uplifting and soothing for residents. External cladding provides increased weather protection.

The project achieves a triple bottom line in sustainability objectives through extremely economical construction, recycling and adapting existing spaces and community and social interaction.

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27 Feb 10 at 11:53 PM • Irrefearove

The response to local and national disasters is noble but it’s a real shame that so many people take advantage of the sad situations.

I mean everytime there is an earthquake, a flood, an oil spill – there’s always a group of heartless people who rip off tax payers.

This is in response to reading that 4 of Oprah Winfreys “angels” got busted ripping off the system. Shame on them!

03 Mar 10 at 3:08 AM • anna

Sorry Irrefearove, what does you comment have to do with this project?


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