Richmond Estate Country Club

Richmond, British Columbia

While with Paul Merrick Architects
Role: Project Architect / Lead Designer

Until recently the archetype of the recreational country club has undergone little change or growth.  By definition it has always been the sporting man's retreat, the gentries return to the agrarian country side in the pursuit of common sociability.  In the past the private or public country club has catered to a narrow age group focused on one primary recreational activity - golf.  Only recently has this genre of architecture undergone substantial change related to changing social perspectives on individualism and the pursuit of physical health and competition.

The Richmond Estate Country Club aspired to a diverse program of international scope and clientele.  Situated in a changing agricultural belt along the river delta in Richmond, B.C, this project contains a large program occupying the first half of the total site.  The project is accommodated on an undersized 80 acre first phase, later expanding to 150 acres and include an equestrian centre.  The project supports an 18 hole golf course, landscaped tennis courts over surface parking, athletic indoor / outdoor swimming pool and spa, two restaurants of differing cuisine, banquet facilities, dance bar, lounge bar, meeting and overnight rooms.  The facility was designed to invite and support a diverse age group.

The design recaptures the non-urban experience of vehicular procession and arrival through an iconic country landscape.  Controlled dynamic experiences and referential framing create vistas of mountain ranges and farm fields to the north, and Mount Baker, Washington to the south.  The building claims an artificial promontory in an otherwise flat landscape and provides a narrative experience through sculpted topography permitting a sectional dialogue with the landform to occur throughout the building.