Ayla Clubhouse & Golf Academy

Aqaba / Jordan / 2019

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Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse takes inspiration from the natural dunescapes and mountains of the surrounding desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin. The innovative and organic design of the building forms the iconic core of the Ayla Oasis mixed-use resort development.


This 1,200 square meter building is part of the first phase of a 44 square kilometers leisure development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan. The development encompasses residential, hotel and commercial space, all centered around an 18-hole signature golf course. The Clubhouse features retail, dining, bar/lounge, banquet, fitness, and spa components; while the Golf Academy includes retail, dining, and indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio components.


The distinct architectural form of the Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse establishes a unique connection with nature by capturing the elemental, vibrant beauty of the rolling desert landscape. A massive concrete shell drapes over the program areas, enveloping the interior and exterior walls of each volume. The curved shotcrete shell blends with the sand like dunes instead of having conventional walls and ceilings. Openings grant views towards the spectacular Aqaba Mountains in the background. Corten steel perforated screen filters the light, similar to the traditional Arabic ‘’Mashrabiya’. Jordanian patterns inspired the triangular pattern of openings while the tones of the surrounding mountains are echoed in the colors of the shotcrete and the metals.


The construction of the project is the result of a knowledge exchange program between the European office of Oppenheim Architecture and local workforce. Shotcrete pouring techniques were taught to workers in the first phases so that they could take ownership of the construction and obtain specialized skills. A local artist also helped shape the building by applying a traditional pigmentation technique to the interior surfaces, granting a raw, unadorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration.


Data 


Location: Aqaba, Jordan


Client: Ayla Oasis Development Company


Scope: Architecture, Interior Design


Land Area : 44 sq.km


Golf Academy Built-up Area: 1,200 sq.m


Consultants 


Architect: Oppenheim Architecture


Interior Designer: Oppenheim Architecture


Golf Consultant: Greg Norman


Landscape: Form Landscape Architects


Structure Consultant: WMM EngineersAG


Shotcrete Consultant: Greuter AG


Local Architect: Darb Architects and Engineers


General Contractor: Modern Tech Construction


Shotcrete Contractor: Nino Construction Engineers


Branding: Ilona Studio


 


Team


Principals in charge: Chad Oppenheim, Beat Huesler


Project Contributors: Aleksandra Melion, Anthony Cerasoli, Tom Mckeogh, Ana Guedes Lebre, Rasem Kamal

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    Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse takes inspiration from the natural dunescapes and mountains of the surrounding desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin. The innovative and organic design of the building forms the iconic core of the Ayla Oasis mixed-use resort development. This 1,200 square meter building is part of the first phase of a 44 square kilometers leisure development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan. The development encompasses residential,...

    Project details
    • Year 2019
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Sports Facilities / Leisure Centres / Private clubs/recreation centres
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