- Collaborators : MBMO Architects
- Engineers : Alder Constructions
- Clients : KDV Sport
- Architect In Charge : Hiromi Lauren Shiraishi
- Team : Hiromi Lauren, Selina Qiu, Jian Wang, Sven Ollman, Michael Smith
- City : Carrara
- Country : Australia
Text description provided by the architects. Opened in October 2016, the KDV Golf and Tennis Academy project is located near Nerang, on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia, and comprises an extensive overhaul of the previous Carrara Gardens Golf Course facility.
The initial inspiration for its design came from Mies van der Rohe’s “architecture of silence”, and in that tradition, we aimed to bring to life a free-standing building open to many sides, linked to nature.
We created a single, flexible plan accommodating diverse multi-functional spaces which we believe give the building a modern elegance.
Transparency and reflection bring the outside environment into the building, to which exposed concrete creates contrast, with the mirrored soffit drawing the image of the sky onto its glass walls.
The reflections enable the building to announce itself from a distance, giving it a presence greater than its envelope and clearly framing the activities of sports people, community members and students taking place within.
The scheme’s external pavilion pods comprise the buffer zone between serious sporting undertakings and those of simple relaxation.
Product Description. Using Vitrabond Aluminium Composite mirrored finish panel as the building’s soffit strengthens the building’s architectural concept and helps it to blend with its natural surrounds.