Remedy Oak is an exclusive, new golf course near Horton, Dorset where membership is limited to just 400. The owners, who wanted a clubhouse that would be a real signature of the course, approached Pinelog with the request that they design and build an environmentally sustainable building that would fulfil all their objectives.
Having assessed the site and been given a detailed brief, Pinelog’s architects submitted a design for a low building, set back into the top of the sloping site, with open views over a lake and the 18th green.
The new clubhouse is based around two diametrically opposed pyramid shaped structures, one housing a restaurant and a second a pro-shop. These are connected by a bar and lounge area, kitchens, committee room and changing rooms around three sides of the perimeter, and a lobby and reception in the centre. A single-level cottage- red, concrete tiled roof, with gable features to break the line, provides a homogeneous look.
As the client was looking for natural yet low-maintenance external finishes, Pinelog specified a brick plinth and cladding using horizontal Siberian larch panels. Siberian larch was chosen because it is hard, durable and requires little maintenance.
A major intention of the design was to give an airy ‘barn-like’ feel in the communal areas and allow as much natural ventilation as possible. A high vaulted ceiling constructed from glulam laminated timber achieves this. The main clubroom is also mechanically ventilated and air conditioned through louvres concealed in small roof dormers.
A full height dormer entrance throws itself forward from the building line creating a distinctive entrance to the building, guiding visitors to the lobby and reception, which serves all facilities. Large glass windows positioned for over-the-lake views ensure an appreciation of the outstanding natural environment the club enjoys. Doors along the back of the building lead to a decked area where guests can relax and take in the views.
The lighting design for the building was developed following daylight analysis simulations. Many areas including the open lounge, bar and restaurant with its vaulted roof, required both working lighting and feature lighting.