Modern timber envelope enlivens original Isernia Golf Club clubhouse
A small project covering only 260 sq m, the Isernia Golf Club Pavilion is a redevelopment with a twist. Architects Medir Architetti were presented with a brief to convert an existing shed-like structure used for covering golf shooting stations into a welcoming clubhouse facility for this luxurious club, and instead of simply altering what was already in place, the team enveloped the original building in stunning a wooden screen.
Medir Architetti explains: “Looking like an open-air theatre and declaring its artificiality to the natural environment, the building aims to have an ephemeral aspect, as a ‘compensation’ of its own presence in an uncontaminated site.” The building itself is located on the boundaries of the golf course and a nearby forest with plans in place to construct an accompanying holiday centre in this wooded area, incorporating a hotel, spa, two swimming pools, conference centre, restaurants, and a riding ground.
The slatted screening on the completed clubhouse filters abundant natural light into the original volume, its concave façade responding quietly to the organic curvatures of the surrounding landscape. At the back of the complex, there is a split in this regimented pattern of slats which acts as an entry point for the clubhouse, the wooden portion contrasting dramatically with an adjoining stone wall and heavy steel plate.