The design for this Ayla Golf Club was inspired by the natural dune landscape and the magnificent mountains of the Jordanian desert. With its rolling architecture and rusty brown colour, this beautiful example of concrete architecture by Oppenheim Architecture blends in perfectly with its surroundings.
The building has an area of approximately 1200 m2 and is part of the first phase of a recreational development in Aqaba. In addition to this golf club, the project also includes residential apartments, hotels and commercial spaces. All centred around this 18-hole golf course. The clubhouse you see here has dining, shopping, lounge, spa and wellness facilities. Here is also the Golf Acadamy with shops and an indoor and outdoor swing analysis studio.
"The building shows a unique connection with nature and captures the elementary, dynamic beauty of the undulating desert landscape."
For the design of the club, the architects drew inspiration from the brown dune and mountain environment. The architectural heritage of the old Bedouins – desert dwellers in the Middle East and North Africa – also played a role in the design. The building shows a unique connection with nature and captures the elementary, dynamic beauty of the undulating desert landscape. It seems to rise out of the sand.
"The studio always want to find the balance between artistry and economics"
The designers left classical walls and ceilings behind them and created a design with shell and dune shapes. The beautiful and colourful landscape is almost framed by the alternating undulating openings. The perforated cortan steel screens are also a nice detail when the sunlight is filtered through.
Oppenheim Architecture is based in Miami and has branches in New York, Basel and Switzerland. The studio is known for its award-winning architecture all over the world. They always want to find the balance between artistry and economics. In this way, they create timeless architecture that is both beautiful and functional.
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