International Horse Campus

Goustranville / Calvados

The Fromagerie site forms a remarkable and singular hamlet, characterized by the long silhouettes of roofs and tall trees that stand out on the horizon.
The complex is made up of many buildings built at different times but forms a coherent landscape that our project seeks to support and enhance.
The existing buildings are made up of large longhouses with sloping roofs. The challenge of our intervention is to consolidate the coherence of the whole and to make it more legible, both in terms of landscape, architecture and functionality.
From the new entrance, we propose to create a double access road that clearly separates and organises the site’s flows, avoiding crossroads.
The main central axis enhances the existing core of the site and is based on the remarkable buildings of the complex: the CIRALE to the south, the new business building to the north and the amphitheatre in the background. The amphitheatre plays a role of articulation and link between the different buildings.
It functions as a point of intensity of the system.
The program’s entities are served along this axis without any cross-flow: from the student housing units served directly upstream, to the Cirale customer car park set back and discreetly located.
The entrance sequence takes the visitor along a large meadow inhabited by horses and facing the business building.
It acts as a staging of the landscape and the buildings.
The horses, which are sometimes discreet on the site, are here at the heart of the system and closer to the users.
The second lane, parallel to the north, serves the hospital and future extensions such as the Blondeau centre. It guarantees the evolution of the site. The hospital is built on a very organized U-shaped plan, it offers a clear and functional organization in relation to the CIRALE.
The composition of the new constructions is inspired and declines, at different scales, the figure of the building with a courtyard, which constitutes an archetype of the Norman territory. Between the buildings, the courtyards and gardens are pieces of contained nature.
On the outside, the spaces between the new buildings provide new visual escapes into the distance and into the wider landscape, particularly in the east/west orientation.
The newly constructed volumes are simple and compact and follow the typology of the longhouses.
They display a certain architectural familiarity with the existing buildings, but are built with evolutionary processes and display rhythmic and wooded facades that are resolutely contemporary.
Exterior galleries connect the heart of the site and make the link. They constitute a strong element of our proposal, both functional and structuring, offering a clear reading of the public/private boundaries.
They allow you to move around sheltered from bad weather and structure the landscape of the project.
The landscape of the site is marked by the presence of remarkable trees.
Of course, we preserve this tree-covered heritage, but our project renews and completes it.
The heart of the islet of l’Anses, a historic garden and a veritable green setting, is a garden kept secret that must be revealed. It is recomposed into a single space and becomes the central reception, communication and relaxation area of the new campus.
Structured in this way, the new territory of the centre of excellence offers a very clear cartography of the different entities.

The Goustranville site brings together the research activities of the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort (ENVA) around the ClRALE, the research activities of the ANSES and the Fédération Nationale des Courses Hippiques.

Client: Normandie Équine Vallée HIPPOLIA SYNDICAT MIXTE

Area: 10,000 m2
Budget: 25 MEHT

Commissioned Architects / Tectoniques Architects
Associate Architects / Eve Richard Thinon
Arborescence / structural wood engineers
Jean Baptiste Lestra / Itinéraire Bis / landscapers
eEgénie / Environmental Engineering

Jury’s winning project / 2019


Complete and exemplary environmental approach according to the EquuRES standard.
with bioclimatic design and eco-construction in wood and bio-sourced materials (facades and insulated straw walls), natural ventilation for all buildings housing horses,
VALI / EXEDIA boiler that works with litter loaded with manure