Haesley Hamlet by Shigeru Ban Architects

Haesley Hamle

Hamlet is a four-building complex that serves as an executive training center and accommodation built next to the Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club completed in 2009. The complex consists of the Grand Hall, Learning Center, Condominium and Recreation Center.

Each building uses a different approach to harmonize with nature while creating a sense of unity using the same natural materials – timber and stone walls – as the Clubhouse. The timber structure form of the Grand Hall harmonizes with the Clubhouse, while it is composed using only two-dimensional bending in an effort to reduce fabrication.

The columns each house a planter that supports trees and a reflecting pool above ground. The Learning Center has a bridge-like form that connects undulating terrain and symbolically presents itself within the nature. A large span truss also expressed on the façade, supported from two stone-faced cores on either end.

A solution that respond to the spatial requirement for column-free functions such as the large halls and meeting rooms. The Condominium building followed the narrow undulating sloped site by stepping the back each floor’s building volume, while each room enjoys the panoramic views.

The hybrid slab which are composed of series of timber beams, CLT slabs, and concrete acted directly as the formwork for the concrete, and this allowed construction to continue under the floor without having to wait for the concrete to cure, which helped to optimize interior construction time.

In the Recreation Center, the seconds floor terrace overhanging with a cantilever is supported by a gently curved wall that conforms to the surrounding sloped site, so that it is possible to experience the panoramic view overlooking the entire natural landscape of Hamlet and the golf course. Source BY Shigeru Ban Architects.

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