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The Michael Hill Clubhouse / Patterson Associates

  • 01:00 - 31 August, 2009
The Michael Hill Clubhouse / Patterson Associates
The Michael Hill Clubhouse / Patterson Associates

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New Zealand
  • Project Manager

    Douglas Consulting
  • Structural Engineer

    Tyndall & Hanham
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Professional Building Services
  • Electrical Engineer

    Pedersen Read
  • Landscape Architect

    Darby Partners
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Ian Harrison and Associates
  • Client

    The Hills Trust
  • Budget

  • Contractor

    RBJ Limited
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The brief articulated the client’s desire for a place that reinforced the game of golf, operating primarily as a “private box”, but with the capacity to transform into a gateway headquarters for large competitive events.

New Zealanders’ identity is defined by landscape, and our cultural heritage is depicted in Maori mythology as a people borne of the land and the sky. This is the cultural view of the Science of geology and tectonic uplift.

Hunkered into the earth with less than a third of its volume penetrating above the ground plane, The Michael Hill Clubhouse seeks to integrate and intensify the experience of golf’s primary relationship with the landscape.

An integral truss system creates a skewed form, and supports a green roof planted in native tussock. Systems of energy, water, waste, and climate control are almost entirely contained on the site.

An even greater environmental contribution is the building’s strategy in sustaining the qualities of the alpine landscape. The Clubhouse seeks to integrate with the panoramic vista, rather than form a node on it.

A skewed trapezoid geometry operates as three-dimensional spatial building blocks to define the volumes within the building, and the building within the landscape. This pattern is repeated across all scales, weaving the building into a three-dimensional matrix.

Inside, a glass-reinforced concrete panel ceiling, with integrated heating and acoustic design, hovers above white dimpled textured aluminium forms. The main bar and dining space is an intimate light-filled grandstand overlooking the 18th green.

Buried further back into the ground are service areas, workshops, and cart storage. A large private gym is flanked by a reflecting pond, where you can exercise before being massaged in one of the two bespoke colour therapy rooms making up the spa.

The design creates a model of its environment, both cultural and physical. In doing so the building seeks to become a pattern within the environment, amplifying and reinforcing the relationships between player, game, and land.

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Paul Gerhard · September 15, 2012

Architecturally (and in many other ways) New Zealand is a very exciting place.

up_today_arch · March 05, 2011

this kind of flying architecture is very to the point here, in this environment... in spite it made from concrete it looks weightless...

never say never justin bieber · December 11, 2010

I just like to say it how I see it. Take care.

eden bridals · December 09, 2010

I’m glad we agree about this. I understand every afternoon and just stopping by to say kudos!!

Marta Krivosikova · December 08, 2010

The Michael Hill Clubhouse / Patterson Associates #architecture @archdaily

miley cyrus clothes for kids · December 08, 2010

I just like to say it how I see it. Take care.

hj · September 01, 2009

a tribute to Mies' Neue Nationalgalerie?

Joshua · September 01, 2009

They're renders.

David Basulto [tricky] · September 01, 2009 07:50 PM

No, they are not. This is built.

One · September 01, 2009

Is this built?

Daniel Concha · September 01, 2009

i like the view best.

pda · September 01, 2009


mkk · September 01, 2009

Love it, beautiful materiality, and some nice details like the strip lighting intregrated into the soffit....


arch critic · September 01, 2009

the photography is nice, the building, not so much.

Mookie Wilson · September 01, 2009

I love this! The oversized roof plane is great: kind of disorienting at first and overscaled for its height. Never seen the invocation of the sublime on a golf course before! Links the site in an odd and fresh way with the mountain in the distance.

Architecture+Molding · August 31, 2009

The Michael Hill Clubhouse / Patterson Associates:
Location:\tWakatipu Basin, New Zealand Client: The Hills Trus..


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