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Lonsdale Links by Wood Marsh, a breath of Art Deco caressing the coastline

Lonsdale Links by Wood Marsh, a breath of Art Deco caressing the coastline


With its streamlined geometry, its play on ochre tonalities, its slightly cubist symmetry, the curves and angles gently reminiscing of the Art Deco era in Europe, Lonsdale Links is a reminiscent of a relic in the landscape. Wood Marsh, while elaborating on the project, responded to the gently undulating terrain of the adjacent golf course and prehistoric Australian coastland.

Lonsdale Links is a destination – if Jay Gatsby had been a golf aficionado, there are chances he would have been an avid visitor of the place.

A golfer’s paradise, but not only, the contours and softened shapes of the clubhouse connect with the site and as a natural extension, its design is intentionally considered in the round, encircled by the links golf course. 

A sculpture within the landscape overlooking the premier golf course and rural views beyond Lake Victoria, its unique positioning and architectural execution can be experienced from various sightlines, emerging above the trees as golfers navigate the course. 

Building by the seashore presents challenges that the studio has countered with panache; in response to its coastal conditions and the prevailing winds that come off Bass Strait, the building is firmly anchored to its site. 

The building blends in gracefully and elegantly with its surroundings; instilling extreme robustness, the structure is grounded by a series of curved blade walls embedded in the landscape, finished in a highly textured render. 

Expansive dark laminated timber beams radiate from the spine of the building emphasising the non-rectilinear form. 

The natural tonality is influenced by warm colours native to the rural setting, particularly the bronze glazing which reflects the evening light. The finishes have a raw weathered quality that creates a sense of permanence in its coastal context.

The entry experience is created in the interstitial space between two monumental, rendered arching blade walls, concealing the building’s mass and distinct views upon approach. The sculptural blades, and gently sloping inverted zinc roof, converge to draw visitors through the threshold. Four circular orange lights punctuate the walls to further activate the portal.

 Beyond the entry walls, a timber-lined corridor gradually leads guests to the restaurant or the golfers’ lounge, containing expansive, framed views towards Lake Victoria, the golf course, and the rural coastal landscape beyond. 

The structural elements of the building are a continuous expression internally and combine with the interior finishes to create a contemporary interpretation of the clubhouse typology. 

A central dry-stack stone fireplace features as the focal point to the lounge, from which the laminated timber beams and folding acoustic ceiling radiate in a sweeping profile. Vibrant green carpets provide a visual connection to the fairway and a playful addition of colour to the naturalistic material palette. 

Flexibility is offered to the operation of the lounge and restaurant by way of an oversized timber-clad door, which serves to combine or separate both spaces as required.

Photography: Willem-Dirk du Toit 

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