Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club House
The private club Haesley Nine Bridges designed by Shigeru Ban Architects & KACI International, located in Yeoju in Gyeonggi Province, opened in 2009. On the strength of the best facilities & service and the brand synergy, it has become Korea’s most luxurious golf course brand. Haesley provides the best course condition thanks to the installation of the world’s first 18-hole SubAir & Hydronics system. With its unique wooden column timber structure, Haesley’s clubhouse won three prestigious global architecture awards.
The Nine Bridges Country Club is located south of Seoul, about an hour’s drive, is the golf course with 18 holes adopting innovative solutions for the realization of the green for the structure of the club house.
New Way of maximizing Timber Structure as the most sustainable building material This clubhouse in the golf course located from Seoul to the south in the place of one hour by the car. It is composed of three buildings of the clubhouses for regular members and VIP members, and the accommodation for VIP members. Each building is composed of three different structure systems.
The regular members’ clubhouse building is composed of the wooden hexagon grid shell, and this ecological and natural ventilated concept of Hexagon pattern occurred from Korean traditional summertime pillow (called” bamboo wife”). The VIP accommodation building is a small span of the steel structure in a residential scale. The VIP members’ clubhouse building is the reinforced concrete structure. Each building has sublimed in the modern referring to traditional construction of South Korea.
Innovation and Sustainability:
The most innovative feature is the hexagon grid shell roof made of wood. This wooden structure is fire-resistant and the roof and columns are exposed in the interior spaces. In modern building technology even though there are mainly three structural materials, Steel, Concrete and Wood but Wood is the only renewable materials.
The professor Klaus Richter of Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research has presented an interesting result from his research comparing the total amount of CO2 created by three different materials, Steel, Concrete and Wood through the process of procuring the materials to the completion of the building.
As it is clear from the diagram, the total amount of CO2 created by Timer (Wood) construction is half that of concrete construction and one-third of steel construction. Additionally, wood has absorbed CO2 before they are cut down. Our project utilized Timber Structure as the main structural material in a new way.
Using the most advanced technology of computers and cutting machines we were able to find the most efficient structural form and minimized the assembling process and quantity of timber. This development of the new timber structural system will encourage architects, engineers and clients to utilize the sustainable building ideas of for the future.
Shigeru Ban Architects:
The Nine Bridges Country Club-Clubhouse is a 16,000-squaremeter facility that serves a golf course. It has an underground level and three floors above grade. There is a main building, VIP lobby building, and a structure with private suites.
The atrium and the upper portion of the main building include timber columns and a glass curtain wall, while the base is made of stone (random rubble masonry typical of Korea). The timber area includes the reception zone, a member’s lounge, and a party room. The stone podium houses locker rooms, bathrooms, and service areas.
The roof over the main building measures 36 x 72 meters. The unusual tree-like timber columns in the atrium reach to a height of three stories. The partial-timber structure was used to conform to Korean regulations that do not allow timber buildings to exceed 6 000 square meters in size. The first floor of the atrium has 4.5-meter-wide glass shutters that open fully.
Project name:Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club House
Location: Yeoju, Gyenggi, South Korea
Coordinates: 37.250696, 127.617696
Construction System: Structure: Timber Structure, S.R.C
- Exterior Finishing – Stone, Glass Shutter, T24 Pair Glass
- Interior Finishing – Timber, Travertine, Papertube, Stone
Building Scale: 1 story below ground, 3 stories above ground
Site Area: 1,132,871 sqm
Building Area: 5,420.21 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 22,463.189 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Completion Year: 2009
Client / Owner / Developer: Haesley Nine Bridges
Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects – 5-2-4 Matsubara, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Project Partner: KACI International – Keundo B/D 726-1 Yeoksam-dong Seoul South Korea
Project Team: Kyeong Sik Yoon, Shigeru Ban
Contractor: C.J. Engineering & Construction
Text Description: © Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects, premioarchitettura
Images: © Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club House, Shigeru Ban Architects, JongOh Kim