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The Michael Hill Clubhouse : Queenstown Building

Contemporary Central Otago Golf Building in Arrowtown, New Zealand, design by Patterson Associates

20 Aug 2008

The Michael Hill Clubhouse Queenstown

Location: 39 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Date built: 2007
Design: Patterson Associates Limited

Sir Michael Hill’s Private Course in Arrowtown is set over 101 hectares (250 acres) of former deer farm. It is located on the outskirts of Arrowtown in Central Otago.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2008 – Sport Category

The Michael Hill Clubhouse Queenstown

Photographer: Simon Devitt

Hunkered into the earth, The Michael Hill Clubhouse seeks to integrate and intensify the experience of golf with the landscape. The design seeks an impression of form having evolved from the same forces that shape the land.

The clubhouse is designed around the people that occupy it. It responds to the client’s desire for a place that could function as a “private box”, then, be converted to a gateway for corporate events. All rooms are set around a fireside courtyard, and the external staircase emerges through the ground plane, celebrating the transcendence to the temporary tent village erected during tournaments.

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Geometrically, the plan, section and elevations adhere to a language of inter-related skewed quadrilaterals. Overlaid with this, a coherence of detail is achieved through the repetition of a dimple motif:
Perforations for acoustic and thermal design in the glass-reinforced concrete ceiling; ‘cubic golf ball’ doors and enclosures from dimpled textured aluminium; and textured timber paneling to the cabinetry and joinery fixtures.

Designed sustainably with a third of its volume embedded in the ground, energy efficiency is maximised through increased thermal mass and optimising natural climate control. More significantly, the visual impact upon the wild central Otago landscape is minimised: The eye of the viewer able to sweep across a panoramic landscape free of nodes.

Materials with longevity and low-embodied energy are used, and heating is provided by an under floor and overhead system fed largely by a biofuel boiler. Collectively, this adaptation of a traditional relationship with the earth delivers a design that is appurtuant, or “naturally belonging”.

The Michael Hill Clubhouse Queenstown images / information from Patterson Associates Limited

Patterson Associates Architects

Address: The Hills Golf Club, 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Phone: +64 274 653 888

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