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Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse in Aqaba, Jordan by Oppenheim Architecture

Project name:
Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse
Architecture firm:
Oppenheim Architecture
Aqaba, Jordan
Rory Gardiner, Moh’d Musa, Rasem Kamal
Principal architect:
Chad Oppenheim, Beat Huesler
Design team:
Oppenheim Architecture
Anthony Cerasoli, Aleksandra Melion, Tom McKeogh, Ana Guedes Lebre, Eugenie Guon, Rasem Kamal, and Darb Architects and Engineers (Local Architect)
Built area:
5,800 m². Golfclub Built-up Area: 4,100 m². Golf Academy Built-up Area: 1,200 m². Comfort Stations Built-up Area: 500 m²
Site area:
44 km²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Oppenheim Architecture
Form Landscape Architects
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
WMM Engineers AG, Greuter AG (Shotcrete Consultant)
Environmental & MEP:
Modern Tech. Construction (General Contractor), Nino Construction Engineers (Shotcrete Contractor)
General Contractor: Modern Tech. Construction
MIR (Renderings), Luxigon (Renderings)
Tools used:
Autodesk 3ds Max, V-ray, Adobe Photoshop
Concrete (local stone, clay mixture), steel, glass
Ayla Oasis Development Company
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Oppenheim Architecture: Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse takes inspiration from the natural dunescapes and mountains of the surrounding desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin. The innovative and organic design of the building forms the iconic core of the Ayla Oasis mixed-use resort development.

This 1,200 square meter building is part of the first phase of a 44 square kilometers leisure development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan. The development encompasses residential, hotel and commercial space, all centered around an 18-hole signature golf course. The Clubhouse features retail, dining, bar/lounge, banquet, fitness, and spa components; while the Golf Academy includes retail, dining, and indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio components.

Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse in Aqaba, Jordan by Oppenheim Architectureimage © Rory Gardiner

The distinct architectural form of the Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse establishes a unique connection with nature by capturing the elemental, vibrant beauty of the rolling desert landscape. A massive concrete shell drapes over the program areas, enveloping the interior and exterior walls of each volume. The curved shotcrete shell blends with the sand like dunes instead of having conventional walls and ceilings. Openings grant views towards the spectacular Aqaba Mountains in the background. Corten steel perforated screen filters the light, similar to the traditional Arabic ‘’Mashrabiya’. Jordanian patterns inspired the triangular pattern of openings while the tones of the surrounding mountains are echoed in the colors of the shotcrete and the metals.

dune-like gold academy building in desert image © Rory Gardiner

The construction of the project is the result of a knowledge exchange program between the European office of Oppenheim Architecture and local workforce. Shotcrete pouring techniques were taught to workers in the first phases so that they could take ownership of the construction and obtain specialized skills. A local artist also helped shape the building by applying a traditional pigmentation technique to the interior surfaces, granting a raw, unadorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration.

curvy and organic fomr ceiling image © Rory Gardiner

Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse in aqaba desert image © Rory Gardiner

building surrounded by palm trees image © Rory Gardiner

curvy form roof image © Rory Gardiner

dune-like building image © Rory Gardiner

brown color building image © Rory Gardiner

Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouseimage © Rory Gardiner

roof top image © Rory Gardiner

mashrabiya winodw

image © Rory Gardiner

outdoor restaurant image © Rory Gardiner

interior design

image © Rory Gardiner

restaurant furniture image © Rory Gardiner

table and chairs

image © Rory Gardiner

mashrabiya detail

image © Moh’d Musa

mashrabiya detail

image © Moh’d Musa

desert building with lighting at night image © Moh’d Musa

sport center building in desert image © Rory Gardiner

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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