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rick joy draws on context for this equestrian club in mexico

Jun 23, 2022 WALLPAPER

Article originally appeared in Wallpaper.

RICK JOY’S EQUESTRIAN CLUB FOR THE ONE&ONLY MANDARINA ESTATE IN MEXICO’S RIVIERA NAYARIT IS A SERENE, SITE-SPECIFIC HUB FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS

 

Part of the region’s refined One&Only Mandarina Private Homes, this new equestrian club at Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit was designed by the Tucson-based American architecture studio of Rick Joy. The architect, who is also behind the estate’s lush range of private homes, drew on the expansive Mexican West Coast’s rich landscape, colours and materials. The project, known as The Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, aims to provide an architectural environment for horses – and their riders – that is just as high quality as the domestic designs on offer.

‘Our intent is that those who visit will sense the rare ancient timelessness of nature and the uniqueness of this place,’ says Joy, who collaborated with RLH Properties and architects of record from Mexican firms (FRB Arquitectura, JSa, Taller de Arquitectura, and Broissin Architects) on varied portions of the expansive, wider development. ‘The site is awe-inspiring. Impressive in the richness of its layers of history, geology, and nature; with the volcanic mountain base rising from the ocean yet open to the horizon; covered by the dense jungle expanse. Once there, one will be immersed in this sensory experience of place within the jungle and present with the ocean at once.’

tractor cuts grass in horse pasture

The architect, who is equally well known for his growing portfolio of subtly powerful homes, such as New England’s The Bayhouse, as well as the iconic Amangiri resort and spa in the pristine landscape of the Utah desert, worked with his signature pared-down approach and tactile, at once dramatic and sensitive volumes, to compose a space that feels monumental but also considered and gentle.

The complex is made out of concrete, local stone and wood – all materials that can be locally sourced and feel at home in the specific Mexican context. The positioning and orientation were largely dictated by existing trees on site, which with their mature foliage and deep roots were to be respected and saved during construction. Views, light, and a sense of spatial richness inside allow for a comfortable riding experience and a fitting and functional home for the animals. Meanwhile, large openings and a direct connection to the green, rolling hills and mountains around the site ensure nature takes centre stage in this equestrian club.

covered arena with sun streaming in polo player leads horse into barn

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Map of Mandarina, Mexico
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Rosewood MandarinaRosewood Mandarina will have a residential-style hotel and set of unique private residences beginning in 2021.

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The JettyResidents and guests will depart The Jetty for their water adventures and gather each afternoon to enjoy the sunset.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are located in an exquisite private location in close proximity to the One&Only Mandarina.

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Rosewood Residences Starting in 2021, Rosewood Residences will take their residents deep into nature, offering them award-winning Rosewood hospitality.

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Canalan Beach ClubThe Canalan Beach Club is located on 1.6 kilometers of pristine and golden beaches for swimming, where you can enjoy kayaking and snorkeling.

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The Point An adult-only spot nestled on the rugged mountains, Carao captures the most spectacular views of the Mandarina sunsets.

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The PlateauA different poolside relaxation and dining experience, The Plateau overlooks The Jetty and the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

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One&Only Majahua Beach ClubLocated on the calm waters of the Pacific, the One&Only Majahua Beach Club offers a relaxing and casual elegance experience.

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One&Only SpaThe One&Only Spa offers a truly unique holistic wellness experience and outdoor treatment rooms under the trees.

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Kids' ClubThe KidsOnly Club brings Mandarina's wonders to life, with tree houses, an insect cabin, game room, nursery, sandpit, and outdoor amphitheater.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are located in an exquisite private location in close proximity to the One&Only Mandarina.

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The FarmLocated in the Flatlands, The Farm offers locally grown produce and a country-at-your-table restaurant.

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The OutpostThe adventures begin at The Outpost, the place to enjoy the day exploring the trails and the Mandarina jungle.

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Mandarina Polo & Equestrian ClubThe Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club beautifies the Flatlands, offering an exceptional venue for lovers of an equine lifestyle.

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EstuaryThe Mandarina estuary houses a rich biodiversity and an exceptional bird observatory.

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