17 November 2016
Oppenheim Architecture is pleased to announce that its design for Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse was selected as the Leisure Led Development Future Projects category award recipient at World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016 in Berlin, Germany. One of the architecture industry’s most highly sought after distinctions, the award recognizes only the finest un-built and in-progress hospitality and resort projects around the world. Chad Oppenheim, Principal-in-charge, and Beat Huesler, Director of European Operations, were honored to accept the award on behalf of Oppenheim.
Oppenheim’s winning project entry, Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse, is part of a highly anticipated mixed-use resort development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan. Looking to the natural dunescapes and mountains of the surrounding desert, an un-adorned local architectural heritage and ancient Bedouin traditions as primary design references, the architecture of the 40,000 square foot facility is sure to become a primary focus and iconic symbol of the approximately 17 square mile development. Its distinct architectural form is shaped by a massive shell that precisely drapes over the programmed areas. Once programmatic elements are modeled spatially based on specific client requirements, bringing the shell from computer-generated model to the built environment is achieved through a process of individual sectional cuts, which are built on site first with flexible thin gauge steel ribbons, then adding re-enforcing bars and an outer mesh. An editable “blanket” mesh is laid over the top, enveloping each independent volume, and shotcrete is then applied to both the interior and exterior walls to serve as the final shell finish, achieving the raw, un-adorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration.
The overall development will eventually encompass residential, hotel and commercial space, all centered around an 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed, USPG tournament-rated golf course (Jordan’s first). Once completed it will be comprised of a first class clubhouse building with retail, dining, bar/lounge, banquet, fitness, and spa components; a golf academy building with retail, dining, and indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio components; as well as two on-course comfort stations, which include a snack/refreshment kiosk and restroom facilities.
See event photos and additional renderings of the Ayla project in the slideshow above.
Rendering Credit: MIR