KDV Golf and Tennis Academy

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.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy - Courtesy of Richard Glover

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy – Courtesy of Richard Glover

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.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy - Courtesy of Richard Glover

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy – Courtesy of Richard Glover

We created a single, flexible plan accommodating diverse multi-functional spaces which we believe give the building a modern elegance.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy - Courtesy of Richard Glover

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy – Courtesy of Richard Glover

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.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy - Courtesy of Richard Glover

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy – Courtesy of Richard Glover

The scheme’s external pavilion pods comprise the buffer zone between serious sporting undertakings and those of simple relaxation.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy - Courtesy of Richard Glover

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy – Courtesy of Richard Glover

Project Info
Architects : Shiro Architects
Location : Carrara, Australia
Year : 2016
Type : Sport Center
Photographs : Richard Glover

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