Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Client
    City of Cedar Rapids
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  • Market
  • Year
  • 2023 • International Interior Design Association, Great Plains Chapter
    Honorable Mention
  • 2023 • WoodWorks Council
    Regional Excellence Wood Design Award
  • 2023 • Corridor Business Journal
    Best New Development-Civic, Commercial Real Estate Design Awards

Following a derecho in 2020 that destroyed the existing clubhouse on a public Golf Course, there was an opportunity to re-imagine how a new clubhouse can take advantage of the extraordinary views while creating a community gathering space.

The design of the new 5,000-square-foot clubhouse on track to be net zero opens up to views of the 18th green and pond capturing the beauty of 120 year old course.

The clubhouse is organized around a porch created by a single-slope roof that continues from exterior through the interior, connecting lower and higher volume spaces and opening up to the golf course. The interior spaces are organized axially along the porch with multiple entry points connecting to the high-traffic concessions and pro shop inside. The interior view corridor and circulation along the porch terminates at an inset patio that provides additional covered seating and adjoins an interior community room.

Corrugated metal panels along three sides of the new clubhouse transition to alternating vertical spans of curtainwall facing the course. The structure, skin, glazing, and all systems are set on a strict building module that is carried into details such as the exposed metal panel fasteners, rain chains, and center concessions counters and casework. Photovoltaic panels cover the roof, offsetting electricity use to achieve a net-zero goal.

Interior functions are organized around a charcoal grey form that is carved away to reveal a continuous white clad transaction counter and bar that intentionally contrasts with the rest of the volume that features polished concrete floors, exposed painted steel structure, and structural wood roof deck.

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