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Equestrian center of recovery and leisure on the former racecourse of “Nicolae Romanescu” park

Equestrian center of recovery and leisure on the former racecourse of “Nicolae Romanescu” park

Authors: arh. Zenaida-Elena Florea

Tutor: conf. dr. arh. Florian Stanciu

Authors’ Comment

The project has found its meaning both in treasuring the determinant morpho-stylistic elements of the English Romantic garden, reintegrate the former race course in the actual park circuit and in retrieving the link between human and animal, in this case, the horse, which has disappeared from the citizens lives. In 19th century the engineer James Watt named the unit for measure the power ”horsepower” so that people could be more familiar with new impressive technologies. Nowadays, the animals have been so lost in the cities that we should name them after new technologies in order to be familiar with. The interaction between humans and animals has been changed in the last century. They go beyond the status of a simple work vehicle and rather offer a pretext for reflection, introspection and self-examination.

The equestrian center aims to reintegrate the animal into the social-economical life of the city and, in this way, to the actual park circuit. Like previous events, such as the attachment of the existing horse-riding arena to the running track, the proposal of an equestrian center for recovery is a natural continuity in the evolution of the racetrack. The project has the ability to connect the existent elements and their additions of the site which can find back again their functionality.

The house is growing around the inside core of the riding arena and emerges into the landscape as a unidentifiable wooden box holding the ploughed ground with the cables which support the covering fabric. The bottom world is related to the center’s basic activities for humans and horses and it is strongly connected with the field. The base, as we can say, is orthogonal, precise, regular, similar to the repetitive gestures of a disciplined horse, but opened to the exterior with its limits and yards orientated through the field. The upper part mostly belongs to the public, to the curious people and consists in radial rows of seats, accessed by exterior stairs. It implies a promenade place to socialize and to celebrate the close link between the horse and the rider.

Like the racecourse perceived as an enclosure delimited bu the perimeter succession of trees, the equestrian center can be discovered only when we enter the core. The exterior is not betraying its interior. Its position is clearly determined by the furrows` limits and has the purpose to define the site as it actually is: between a landscape monument and a field.

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