Invited Competition Entry, 2nd Place
Muriwai, Waimauku, Aotearoa New Zealand
The valleys, ravines and gullies that characterise Muriwai Downs
prompted a design that reconceives the clubhouse as a bridge, one that employs
a dome structure to span the wetland below.
This initial observation of
key site characteristics led us to shift from the competition site to an
adjacent wetland. For the site to be accessible at all, a series of bridges
would need to be built and so the clubhouse could therefore be considered part of
this wider network. In doing so, the project sought to blend the qualities of infrastructure,
building and landscape.
The act of bridging allows the clubhouse to survey the landscape while being continuous with it - extending and encouraging the ecology of the wetland below.
Drawing from the legacy of programmed infrastructure projects, the
clubhouse-as-bridge typology seeks to expand the repertoire of bridges as
social, ecological, and contextual structures.
The sandstone cladding is quarried on site and treated in a variety of
horizontally raked and smooth finishes to emphasize the curving and carved
form. These large-scale gestures generate a building that has an undeniable presence
in the landscape, while being deeply embedded within it.