Golf Exécutif Montréal Clubhouse by Architecture49
Feature by Milla Maria
Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m not really a golf fan. But the latest golf clubhouse - designed by renowned Montreal firm Architecture49 - has got me rethinking my hobby status! I’ve suddenly developed an urge for a little golfing action after discovering this magnificent piece of contemporary architecture.
A NEW TAKE ON GOLF CLUBHOUSE DESIGN
It’s a golf clubhouse like no other. Situated on the picturesque Nuns’ Island in Montreal, Canada, this project was always going to be something different thanks to its distinguished designers, Architecture49. For them, the design was all about amalgamation.
The aim was to combine what are traditionally separate functions of a golf resort – a clubhouse with social facilities and a practice range – into one monolithic being. And the result is simply breathtaking.
Your eyes are instantly drawn to the massive, curved wooden roofline that follows the natural outline of the driving range. The cantilevers cleverly extend out over the driving range underneath, allowing members to take their shots regardless of the weather conditions. They remain fully protected overhead, but still have an amazing full view of the course itself.
Inside, you’ll discover minimalism at its best with the bar, restaurant and lounge carefully decorated to mirror the expansive nature of the building’s exterior. There’s plenty of strategically placed zinc and wood throughout to provide a feeling of warmth, combined with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that serve to both let in an abundance of natural light, and ensure the enticing view of the golf course is completely undisturbed.
Materials used were carefully selected to ensure they were either native to the area (Montreal and Quebec), VOC-free or renewable, allowing the building to seamlessly integrate into its surrounding environment. As such, there’s plenty of wood inside; walls and doors in maple panelling and toasted wood, as well as bespoke wooden furniture handcrafted by local artisans.
As for the high tech-aspects throughout the clubhouse, they truly are state-of-the-art. Electro-mechanical elements are carefully integrated into the wooden structure, which causes them to cleverly disappear and leave the interior as minimalist as possible. To further extend the tech experience, they’ve also incorporated a pro shop and a few state-of-the-art golf simulators to give golfers that extra edge on the course.
The Montréal arm of Architecture49 has only been in existence since 2014, when six architectural firms pooled their talents and expertise to create one powerhouse Canadian outfit. The Montréal office houses over 50 architects who are responsible for a diverse set of projects, from reconstructing heritage buildings to modern, innovative, technical builds such as the Golf Exécutif Montréal clubhouse.
Find out more about their other projects on their website.