A Point In Design

Commercial Design – Dubai Invitational Golf Club
February 2, 2012, 4:56 am
Filed under: Commercial Work

Hello readers,

This project is a continuation of my Dubai convention center project. As my previous post indicated, part of my development scheme included a hotel. It was really easy to add a golf course into the mix, although not terribly practical in an arid climate. However, as Dubai bills itself into a tourist destination it is not inconceivable that golf resorts would exist, even though golf is very much a western sport. The clubhouse needed to reflect the culture and the other projects that I had already designed. Therefore I kept to the snail theme developed in the convention project but tried to integrate some details from Middle Eastern architecture. Probably the most common element is the pointed arch (Gothic arch) often found in the historic structures of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Morocco. Often when you think of a place you get a specific image in mind. When I think of the Middle East, this image of a Byzantine fort found in the tourist town of Kusadasi, Turkey comes to mind.

I used the fort as my inspiration incorporating the crenelation detail, the material, as well as the overall massing and then brought it into the 21st century. The clubhouse has a pro-shop, change room facilities, a restaurant, and bag/cart storage facilities. The public spaces include a grand 2-story foyer as well as a courtyard modeled after those found in a riad (a traditional Moroccan dwelling).

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