Our crush on Shigeru Ban continues to endure as he always manages to amaze us with his sturdy structures made from the most humble materials. This time he's created an intricate wooden structure for the Nine Bridges Golf Club House in Seoul. The light-filled building makes beautiful use of a minimal material palette while referencing local traditions.
Located an hour’s drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and technology, the Japanese architect simplified the assembly process using modular components. The wooden grid shell is supported by a series of columns and is surrounded by local stone and big windows that let plenty of light in.
Created in collaboration with Kaci International the clubhouse has three floors and a basement. Completed in 2010, the wooden structure’s hexagonal shape was inspired by traditional Korean summer cushions called “bamboo wife”. Using the pillow’s same concept, the structure allows the breeze to flow through the interiors, is sturdy, and is also made from natural sustainable materials.
Photos by Shigeru Ban Architects