Basics Architects were approached by a well known developer to design a clubhouse as a ‘communal anchor’ for an urban housing society in Noida, India. The clubhouse was to include a large reception & waiting area, bar & family restaurant, ball room, sports hall, theater and a children’s play area. The interiors had to reflect an ‘aura’ of luxury as well as cater to the communal needs of the residents. The architectural design also had to complement the surrounding views of the swimming pool and open green spaces of the complex.
The footprint of the building was pre-established as per the master plan of the housing campus. The main facade was supposed to face west and also overlook the swimming pool deck. The other three facades, facing the rear side, needed to be opaque without any opportunity for any views or natural light. The building along with the pool deck is sunken in relation to the central greens of the development.The design evolution started with these underlying constraints.
The clubhouse has a small funnel shaped main entrance which explodes into a large double height lobby creating a sense of surprise and connects into the swimming pool deck with a large entrance. The lobby also has a large span mezzanine floor floating above the waiting area which further opens out into a veranda overlooking the pool.
Largely the planning focussed around placing the active public spaces around the west providing good natural light and view of the deck. The restaurant, bar and waiting area have been placed along the main glazing. The ballroom, squash courts and badminton courts have been planned towards the opaque zones of the building. A children’s play area also connects with the main lobby and spills out into the deck.