Friends Academy is a leisure centre combining a series of sport, training and relax functions rotating around the world of the indoor golf. The project transfers the experience of an open-air Golf course, where players walk in-between greens, woods and sand pits, into an indoor and domestic environment. The ideas of sociality, sport and fun is expressed by the soft and smooth shapes of the layout, and combined with the concept of elegance and comfort. Natural materials, mainly stone ad wood, are proposed side by side with large industrial glass walls and insertions of more contemporary elements. Public corridors lead visitors in-between different functions and areas, characterized by specific treatments of their materials, colours and surfaces, some of them more open and public and some of them more closed and private. A touch of yellow, the corporate color of the club, has been inserted into a custom-made texture of natural wooden strips defining all smooth curved edges for the main Golf training rooms. The project features wooden and marble floors; brown reflective metal plates used to create industrial style window frames; a suspended reception desk, designed like a floating cantilever welcoming visitors; lounge areas and terrace spaces; and many rooms where to train your Golf skills.
The project for the new indoor Golf center in Beijing recovers several small abandoned spaces on the roof of SOLANA shopping center, and with a reclaiming operation it stitches them back into a single enjoyable space of approx 2000 m², in the attempt to revitalize the roof and make it accessible to visitors. The project combines Italian creativity and Chinese know-how with Korean technology for all Golf equipment. Sensors, projectors and IT training control systems have been integrated into the design to help improving and optimizing the players’ experience.
The concept layout for Friends Academy indoor Golf club takes in fact inspiration from the sequence of spaces you can find in an open-air Golf course, where players walk in an immersive natural environment in between greens, woods and sand pits. The functional program of the Golf center has been organized into open and closed spaces which accompany the visitor’s movements from public paths to private functional areas. The sense of nature is given by the widely used wooden surfaces, which are marking the public paths on floor and defining the external walls for private golf rooms. Visitors can also find natural green elements widespread in few public indoor gardens, external public terraces and zen-like platforms made of white pebbles and green plants in pot, that decorate the main public lounge areas with their softly curve shape .
The main visitors’ path has been designed as a sequence of small and large spaces, where private and public functions follow each other’s adapting to different enclosed and open situations： the general feeling is a diffuse openness where the central connecting path is not perceived as a corridor, but as a public space that offers different experiences and points of interests. In fact, golf room units are organized like little clusters, with two or more rooms usually combined together, and with all public community functions placed in-between them (entrance and reception, waiting lounge, Golf open training platforms, meeting room, kitchen and office, locker rooms and so on).
Some Golf room units have removable partition walls, which allow to merge them into bigger rooms, but also to open them completely to the outside in case of events where it will be required to have a larger audience. Two large VIP rooms are placed in the centre of the space and are connected to generous external terraces facing the park along LiangMa river.
The project features a series of service spaces for customers, such as lockers, changing rooms, meeting rooms and areas for relax, that all contribute to create a space built around the concepts of sport and fun. Different surface treatments and uses of materials help defining the specific functions and orientate visitors to find their way. According to functions, rooms are wrapped with a texture of either natural wood lines, specifically produced brown reflective metal plates or white lacquered wood. Smooth curved room edges help defining the soft boundaries for the public areas, while insertions of yellow lines and LED strips add a dynamic and modern feeing to the whole space. Wall-washing lighting systems hidden to the view, decorative landscaping elements and a textured ceiling, designed like over-scaled dots on the golf balls, strongly characterize the comfortable atmosphere of two main relaxing lounges. A touch of marble is added to provide an high-end club feeling and to mark some very special areas such as the suspended reception desk, designed like a floating cantilever welcoming visitors. Semi-transparent fluted glass windows inserted into industrial window frames contribute to the dialogue between the private golf rooms and the public space, creating an interesting play of perspectives and views.
项目名称：FRIENDS ACADEMY 室内高尔夫
项目地址：Beijing, Solana 北京蓝色港湾
功能：Indoor Golf training center, Golf club
客户：Friends Academy, Solana Friends Academy室内高尔夫俱乐部，蓝色港湾
Project’s name：FRIENDS ACADEMY GOLFLAB
design team：Marcella Campa, Stefano Avesani, Zhao Xiny, Giacomo Squaquara, Du Huayu, WangWenWen, ZhangNan
Function：Indoor Golf training center, Golf club