Gallery: Hyunjoon Yoo’s Green Weave Golf Club Sports a Living Wall


At 5,670 square meters, the club is substantial but it doesn’t overpower the course. The project’s long lot forced the architects to think of imaginative ways to break up the space while maximizing the interior. Hyunjoon Yoo partitioned the façade’s boxy profile into distinct components to reduce its bulk, and a sweeping curved entrance invites guests inside the gentle wood-clad façade. As visitors progress through the building, each room is designed to flow into the next like a bamboo weave, with pubic spaces at the front and a private spa at the far end.

The club’s ace in the hole is its fantastic use of living walls to break up the facade and visually extend the landscape. Covered with pachysandra terminalis and ivy, the walls act as a buffer to the hot summer days when the club is used the most. A water feature comes right up to the building and is extended upward in glass, visually weaving the building in with its location.

+ Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Via Contemporist

Photographs © Seunghoon Yum


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  1. lazyreader June 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Extreme golf is played on environmentally sustainable alternatives to traditional courses. A cross between hiking and golf, the course layout exposes players to a wide range of natural obstacles and challenging terrains. You can build golf courses with little or no interruption of the native landscape and you don’t even need grass.

  2. lazyreader June 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Are we to assume these walls have a net environmental benefit. Their are costs associated with golf courses. For decades in America we’ve had issues with Sunbelt states building larger and more outlandish courses in drought prone areas. They occasionally impede corridors for migrating animals and sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife, though courses frequently become havens for native and non-native creatures. Many Western countries have instituted environmental restrictions on where and how courses can be built. Golf is perceived by some as elitist, and thus golf courses become a target for popular opposition. Resisting golf tourism and golf’s expansion has become an objective of some land-reform movements. Now I’m all for private property rights still there are some risks for a simple game of golf.

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