Dana Abushamma: The Round Pen House

“Wherever a man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoof print of a horse beside it” – John Trotwood Moore Horses have played a significant role in human history. They have…

Dana Abushamma: The Round Pen House

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“Wherever a man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoof print of a horse beside it” – John Trotwood Moore
Horses have played a significant role in human history. They have been used as workers. After the invention of the combustion engine and the modernization of agriculture, horse’s role in contemporary life has dwindled. Although the utilitarian value of horses had decreased, the value of horses’ emotional connection with humans has not
As companions, horses have a unique relationship with humans that has evolved over millennia
This intention of my design is to explore the transformative quality of the human-horse relationship.
Horses are placed at the intersection of being wild and domesticated. Thousands of wild horses live in the United States. At the same time, due to their size and independence, they can’t fit in the category of pet.
The objective of my project is to create a dwelling that respects and develops the emotional bond that has existed between horses and humans living together.
The project geometry originates from an essential element that helps to form the horse-human relationship: the round pen. This element is to familiarize the horse to the human presence and to form a stronger bond between them.
The various interior spaces for both human and horse dwelling are arrayed around this central space.
Timber is a natural material, with a long history of being used within traditional stables for horses. While traditional barns are constructed from wood, this project will use mass timber as it is a new construction method that is sustainable and adaptable to innovative design geometry.

Dana Abushamma
Wild & Domestic Studio, Fall 2020, Professor Andrew Kudless
Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston
https://uh.edu/architecture/

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