Life-Sized Bird’s Nest is a Horse-Riding Arena

Prague-based design studio SGL Projekt took on the grueling task of adding an equestrian training ground to a previously deserted farmstead known as Stork Nest Farm. Inspired by the storks who dwelled on the chimney of the abandoned distillery, the studio designed the space, mimicking a massive bird's nest. The dome-like structure is supported by glulam timber beams encased within a protective barrier made of translucent polycarbonate. It stands 12.5 meters high with a diameter of 34 meters and boasts an 8-meter-wide skylight that provides a natural means of ventilation for the stadium. Its simple airflow system aids in maintaining a good climate for the space's equestrian visitors.

While the arena provides an education and training center for equestrian sports, it also doubles as a space for corporate presentations. The floors are made of sand with capillary irrigation fit for horse-riding, but the ground can be layered with plywood planks for non-equestrian special events. The multifunctional space is also fit to hold approximately 200 people at a time. As rugged and earthy as it may appear from the outside, the stadium is modern, sleek, and spacious indoors.

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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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