The site commands one of the most idyllic stretches on the River Thames, set in mature parkland with views to the river and a small island. Cows graze on the opposite bank with Richmond Hill beyond. Most of the site is designated as Metropolitan Open Land. It lies within a conservation area and an area of special character.
We wanted something very modern to reflect our high-tech image.
A pavilion in the landscape
The Club was conceived as a pavilion with its roof canopy floating above the parkland setting. Below the canopy a pergola extends out into the landscape, merging the building with the gardens. Extensive new tree planting enhances the riverside, meadow and parkland.
The real trick has been to exploit the potential of modern glass walls and lightweight structures to dissolve the bulk and mass of the building form. The result is a diaphanous structure that recedes into the surrounding parkland.
Lounge and conference facilities
The double height lounge is the focus of the interior, with full height glazing providing views across the garden to Richmond Hill. The first floor provides conference facilities, with three small meeting rooms suspended above the lounge.
Sports and leisure facilities
A basement fitness suite and changing rooms have direct access to the gardens, tennis courts and a bowling green.
The club has now been successfully converted into a private house.
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- Civic Trust Award, 1998
- RIBA Regional Award, 1998
- Richmond Society Award, 1997
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