Hinsdale Golf Club’s ambitious plans for a renewal of their lower level inspired OKW Architects and our collaborating partners to create a multi-zone concept that was both new and classic. Faced with a floor plan with dark and underutilized spaces, the Club wanted to more thoughtfully rearrange their bar and dining functions, while expanding their square footage beyond the Club’s walls.
Taking inspiration from the original architectural detailing, OKW and our interior design partners borrowed material elements to add a familiar character to the newly opened and expansive space. These included glass patterns, ample use of woods, and the incorporation of beloved fixtures. For the exterior, our team took inspiration from existing materials and brick patterns, incorporating them into the facade to enhance its character and subtly divide the new program areas.
The project was not without its structural challenges as the expansion required the demolition of a load-bearing exterior wall. To avoid leaving an obstructive columns in the otherwise open space, our design team manufactured a massive steel beam to hold up the Club’s second floor.
The new concept is bright and airy, a comfortable space that has earned accolades from its existing members and their guests. In fact, a 2021 survey showed that 97% of members approved of the renovation, which was also attributed to a marked increase in new member applications.