Located in Aqaba, Jordan, the 44 square kilometers development will be made up of residential, hotel and commercial space, centered around the 18-hole signature golf course.
The Golf Academy features retail, dining and indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio components, whilst the Clubhouse also includes retail and dining, along with bar and lounge area, fitness, and spa components. The 1,200 square meter building connects with nature by echoing the vibrant elements and beauty of the rolling landscape.
Draping over the program areas, a massive concrete shell envelopes both interior and exterior walls. The curvature of the shell allows it to blend with the sand dunes unlike more conventional ceilings. As the shell rises and falls, the openings offer views of the magnificent Aqaba Mountains, who’s tones are echoed in the colours of the shotcrete and metals used.
The construction of the building resulted in an exchange of knowledge between the European office of Oppenheim Architecture and the local workforce. In order to take ownership whilst obtaining specialised skills, shotcrete pouring techniques were taught to workers during the first phases, whilst a local artist applied a traditional pigmentation technique to the interior surfaces, to help shape the building by giving it a ‘raw, unadorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration.’
Location: Aqaba, Jordan
Client: Ayla Oasis Development Company
Scope: Architecture, Interior Design
Land Area: 44 sq.km
Golf Academy Built-up Area: 1,200 sq.m
Architect: Oppenheim Architecture
Interior Designer: Oppenheim Architecture
Golf Consultant: Greg Norman
Landscape: Form Landscape Architects
Structure Consultant: WMM EngineersAG
Shotcrete Consultant: Greuter AG
Local Architect: Darb Architects and Engineers
General Contractor: Modern Tech Construction
Shotcrete Contractor: Nino Construction Engineers