Project: California Clubhouse
Location: Lake County, California, USA
Size: 2,500 m2
Partners: Juan Ignacio Ramos & Ignacio Ramos
As part of the Guenoc & Napa Valley Project, the Polo and Equestrian Development is located in Lake County, California. The California Equestrian Resort includes a polo and equestrian club, a lodge and a residential development.
We were captivated by the beauty of the site, with its mountains, meadows and lakes. The first goal was to absorb and understand the essence of the place in order to relate the project to the context and reduce the impact of the construction on the environment.
The proposed architecture has a pure and simple language. The intention was to make the buildings blend with the land- scape with the use of earth berms and planted roofs, as well as local stone, exposed concrete and local hardwood.
As a precious element in this area, water is present in the design of all the buildings.
Vital for the life and the economy of this area, water seemed to be the element that could give us a clue to begin the design process. The site was so vast and the possibilities so many that we recognized the need of an initial gesture to start structuring our ideas. That first gesture was the creation of a new lake on a strategic location. On opposite sides of the 9-acre body of water, we designed the clubhouse and the stables with the pony camp. Water was used to separate and, at the same time, connect these two areas.
To ensure the best views, the clubhouse sits on a 10-foot (3-meter) elevation created with the soil that was removed to build the lake. The building was conceived with two perpendicular wings. One is parallel to the polo field and contains the lounging areas, the bar, the restaurant and the exterior terraces. The other extends towards the lake and accommodates the swimming pool and the pool house overlooking the water and the mountains. Two exterior circulations connect the entire floor plan. The main access to the building is located in the intersection of both. Exclusively for adult members, a second swimming pool and lounge areas overseeing the polo field were located on the planted roof of the building.