Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

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Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

It may look like a giant bird’s nest but this stick-covered dome is actually a horse-riding arena in the Czech Republic.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Designed by Prague studio SGL Projekt, the Stork Nest Farm is located on the site of a former farmstead and distillery that now accommodates hotel, conference and leisure facilities.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The Stork Nest Farm was both inspired by and named after storks that resided in the roof of the distillery long after it fell into disuse.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

An eight-metre-wide skylight at the roof’s peak lets natural daylight down into the centre of the timber-framed building, while concrete-framed entrances lead visitors inside.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Last year we also published a bird's nest-like hotel in the trees - take a look here.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Photography is by Jaroslav Malý, apart from where otherwise stated.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Above: photograph is by Farma Čapí hnízdo a.s.

Here's some more text from SGL Projekt:


The Stork Nest Farm, Semtín, Czech Republic

In 2006 we were asked to design the revitalization of a farmstead for congress, company presentation, holding of corporate events and leisure activities.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

For this purpose our client bought 19th century farmstead located at a large pound. The farmstead included a distillery with it's chimney. From 1926 there have lived storks on the chimney. It became the main reason for buying this farm.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The farm is located 50 kilometers to the south from Prague. The surrounding landscape reminds piedmont area with large forest complexes, vast meadows, wetlands and a great network of ponds.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Since the end of the 80's from the 20th century the farm has been abandoned and the buildings quickly decayed.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

Above: photograph is by Farma Čapí hnízdo a.s.

The only solitary residents who remained were the storks on the distillery's chimney. The Stork's Nest became a symbol for us, which affected the conception of the riding arena and thinking about all the objects of this project.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

It wasn't a formal symbol for us. We were fascinated by stork’s fidelity. Almost 90 years generations of storks are returning from Africa to the farm and we tried to design the farm in order to bring back people here again.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

These birds also fascinated us by their endurance in building their nest. After decades They construct still the same, no doubt about the shape and material, still in the same place and with no desire for originality, which bother all architects and builders nowadays. Storks don‘t look for exceptional places. They don‘t want to distinguish themselves and compete with others. Storks became a symbol for us in the approach to construction. Our design of the farm was led in humility to these bird architects.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The old farmstead consisted of an enclosed yard of an almost square ground plan and addition of a piggery. The yard contained two dwelling houses, a distillery, a barn and a stable. Valuable objects were preserved and buildings of poor quality we demolished and replaced by new ones.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The residential yard consist of a reception, a hotel, conference hall, restaurant, pool and bowling and house with private garden for VIP guests. Beside this residental yard we have built another new yard for the animals.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

In this section we have placed a circular riding arena in the shape of a stork nest. It has an external diameter of 34 meters and height of 12,5 meters. The building is used for riding or for a variety of presentations, cultural and social events. Riding arena is located near the stables, and is directly connected to restaurant. The supporting structure is made of glulam timber beams. The external cladding is made of translucent polycarbonate. The oak logs, give the structure an expresive appearance and also provide shading. They were fixed to the building at the total amount of 200 tons at the length of 7, 9 and 11 meters.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

At the top of the building there is a central sky-light with a diameter of 8 meters. It serves for intensive ventilation of the internal space by natural air flow. The natural ventilation of the arena provides a good climate.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The arena´s riding surface is made of sand with capillary irrigation for equestrian sport. It can be covered with plywood boards during other sorts of events. The riding area is surrounded by a protective barrier and a stand for approximately 200 people. There is VIP stand upstairs.

Stork Nest Farm by SGL Projekt

The Stork nest farm was completed in 2010. The riding arena became a landmark in the area of the farm and an element which attracts attention in wide neighbourhood. Later, our firm designed the center for protection of fauna to the farm and recently a large rectangular riding arena.

Location: Dvůr Semtín, Olbramovice, Czech Republic
GPS: 49°41'04.71"N, 14°39'05.51"E
Date completed: 03/2010
Lead architect: SGL Projekt s.r.o.
Ak. arch. Jiří javůrek
Ing. arch. Jaroslav Malý
Ing. arch. Irena Kozáková
Ing. arch. Jan Bouček
Ing. arch. Jakub Žák

Client / Developer: Farma Čapí hnízdo, a.s.

Civil Engineer: Ing. Jiří Starý, Starý a partner s.r.o.
Environmental Engineer: Ing. Miroslav Kučera
Lighting Consultant: Ing. Michal Kozak, Etna Guzzini s.r.o.
Structural Engineer: Němec Polák s.r.o.
General supplier: BAK a.s.

  • Kle

    if you remember that joke "what we called web yesterday / what we call web today"…after China's olympics "what we call a bird's nest" changed our notions a little.
    Thanks for bringing it closer to reality again. It means a lot to be published here :)
    I like the use of wood indeed and the interior space looks vast!

  • http://officepictures.wordpress.com/ officepictures

    Looks Olympics Nest

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Maybe they keep a few pegasi in there? ;)

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Very nice project and materials.

  • OPA

    the real herzog de meuron. no fake! :)

  • Yunus Emre Kara

    i think the most important issue is how they manage to build this? Which log is first and which one is second and how they connected? These are not Mikado's sticks they are natural logs, i couldn't imagine how designers take control of this randomization of nature!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cuchinhaqui Raquel Fernandes

    It looks familiar … uhm ….

  • http://www.space-workshops.co.uk james

    Beautiful building – anyone else find the inside a bit of a let down from the outside. Shame the organic feel of the outside doesn't translate 100% inside. Still really nice work though.

  • majchers

    Great HdeM follow up! Well done!

  • Richard Kerton

    This building indeed is beautiful, in fact stunning. I have had the honour of seeing it for real, having spent almost a month in the Czech Republic. The whole experience really is superb, and I must say on top of the architecture which really is amazing are the staff who really are an asset to this establishment the farm staff especially. One lady in particular, you know who you are made this very special. If you get the chance pay it a visit it is worth it.