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October 17 2021 6:51 AM ˚

Ayla Golf Club: Organic architecture with a Jordanian air

Organic yet contemporary, Ayla Golf Club captures the waves of Jordan’s desert mountains

The Ayla Golfclub expresses Aqaba’s geographical identity in an organic and parametric language. (Photos: Nayrouz Ali/Jordan News)
The Ayla Golfclub expresses Aqaba’s geographical identity in an organic and parametric language. (Photos: Nayrouz Ali/JNews)
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AMMAN — Located in Aqaba, the 4.3 million sq.m. Ayla Oasis is a multi-purpose development. It contains residential apartments, hotels, and commercial spaces, all situated over an 18-hole signature golf course designed by Australian entrepreneur Greg Norman. اضافة اعلان




The Ayla Golf Club, a 5800sq.m. building erected in 2018 by Oppenheim Architecture, expresses Aqaba’s geographical identity in an organic and parametric language.

The Ayla clubhouse offers dining, lounges, banquets, a spa, and wellness spaces, while the Golf Academy offers dining and an indoor/outdoor swing analysis studio.

The building’s original concept was inspired by Bedouin architecture and the environment, drawing from the desert and mountains of Wadi Rum.
 
The massive, curvilinear concrete roof mimics a shell over the building, uniting the inside and outside through color and soul.




Visitors are welcomed with spectacular, rustic curves. Playful sunlight enters through perforated, corten-steel screens that are similar to traditional Mashrabiyyas. The walls keep unfolding until the visitor reaches the open frame overlooking the golf field and mountains, as if one is passing through Al-Siq to reach Petra.

To complete this design, construction workers in Jordan were taught shotcrete pouring techniques via an Oppenheim Architecture knowledge exchange program.

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 the structure’s context.

The Golf Club has received international recognition and won multiple awards, including World Architecture Festival (WAF) for Leisure Led Future Project in 2016, Arabian Property Awards for Leisure Architecture in 2017, and Architizer+ Awards, Unbuilt Sports & Recreation in 2017.


 
The design introduces a relatively new architectural language to the area but somehow does not interfere with the identity of the place, blending in perfectly with its surroundings.

We might be witnessing a new era of organic architecture in Jordan that speaks the language of the locals and encourages people to find new means of expression.

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