Golf Saint Apollinaire Michelbach-Le-Haut Building, Eastern France Architecture Design
Golf Saint Apollinaire Michelbach-Le-Haut, France
24 August 2021
Location: south of Mulhouse / north west of Basel, eastern France
Address: Domaine Saint-Apollinaire, 68220 Michelbach-le-Haut, France
Phone: +41 61 205 65 65
Design: DeA architectes, Mulhouse
A club house draws on traditional architecture
New builds and conversions on the Saint Apollinaire golf course, Michelbach-le-Haut, France
Photos © Luc Boegly
Golf Club Saint Apollinaire Michelbach-Le-Haut
Mulhouse-based DeA architectes found inspiration for their range of new builds on the Saint Apollinaire golf course in the traditional barns of the former priory. They also converted the existing building stock for the use of players and visitors. Even after the redevelopment as a golf course, the grounds remain open to the public.
Up to two hundred years ago the pious could be found on their pilgrimages to the Domaine Saint Apollinaire, which lies in the Sundgau region of the Alsace, not far from the Swiss city of Basel. A tree-lined avenue still leads to the priory, which was founded in 1140 AD. Since the summer of 2020 both golf players and the wider public can enjoy the magnificent, almost 250 acre large estate.
A number of agricultural outbuildings on the lands have been converted by DeA architectes. The new build of the generous club house and a number of smaller structures were inspired by the estate’s traditional sheds and barns. Together, the contemporary architecture and the historic buildings form a hamlet-like structure, bringing new life to the location.
The two-storey club house, which is the largest building on the golf course, lies at the end of the avenue and cleverly uses its site on a slope. On the upper entrance level are public areas such as the foyer and restaurant, and the generous terraces along both longitudinal sides that are protected by the wide projecting roof. The lower storey, which is partially sunk into the hillside, holds the facilities for the golf players – such as lockers, changing rooms and storage spaces – that are oriented towards the golf course. On the course itself are a number of smaller new builds, such as shelters for the practice area as well as smaller huts for the storage of grounds maintenance equipment. Their simple timber construction draws on the surrounding vernacular.
The very spacious agricultural outbuildings with their wide projecting roofs were ideal for the conversion into storage facilities for push carts, golf carts and machinery. All facades of the new builds, such as the club house or the caddie area, are clad in coniferous timber and uniformly varnished in a rich black, while the conversions retained their rendered walls or visible timber frame exterior. A feature common to all buildings are the extensive gabled roofs, which fits them unobtrusively into the landscape’s undulating character between the fairways and meadows.
Golf Saint Apollinaire is open to the public – which is rather unusual for a golf course. This meant that a special safety concept had to be devised for the grounds of the eighteen-hole course, a task that was planned and executed by Rossknecht Golfplan GmbH from Lindau in Germany, who are also responsible for the landscaping. Daniel Weber, client and owner of Golf Saint Apollinaire, cites his experiences with two other golf courses in Switzerland – in Sempach and Kyburg – which are also publicly accessible.
The grounds of Golf Saint Apollinaire were reinvigorated through the sensitive redesign and its contemporary use. It was with that in mind that DeA architectes developed a composition of new builds for the golf course which revert back to the surrounding traditional architectural language, and sensitively renovated and repurposed pre-existing structures. The whole project was completed in October of 2020.
Photos © Luc Boegly
DeA architectes, located in the French city of Mulhouse, was founded in 2007 by Guillaume Delemazure who had previously worked for several years as an associate with the Basel-based architectural bureau of Herzog & de Meuron. The international team of architects gets its inspiration from the character of the surrounding Upper Rhine Valley region and predominantly works on cross-border projects.
They developed a multi-storey car park at the Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse, which has laid the foundations for further infrastructure planning in the tri-country border area between France, Germany and Switzerland. Together with Swiss investors KMØ Mulhouse the bureau also converted a historic industrial building from the first French railway company in Mulhouse into a modern, multifunctional digital and innovations hub and events location.
Adjacent to Mulhouse central railway station they built two office buildings that will help to further invigorate and develop the surrounding quarter. And currently they are building a residential project right along the Franco-Swiss border.
For further information visit: www.dea-architectes.com
Architectural bureau: DeA architectes
Address: 9 avenue Auguste Wicky, F-68100 Mulhouse, France
Golf Club Saint Apollinaire Michelbach-Le-Haut – Building Information
Name of the building: Golf Saint Apollinaire
Address: Domaine Saint Apollinaire, route. Départementale 463 F- 68220 Michelbach-le-Haut, France
Intended use: Club house and various technical structures for a golf course
Type of contract: Direct contract for several new builds and conversions of buildings of former agricultural use
Building contractor: Club Golf – Mr Daniel Weber – Schlachtstrasse 3, CH-6204 Sempach, Switzerland
Project manager: Guillaume Delemazure
Structural engineers: Structure Concept, 37 rue Victor Schoelcher, F-68200 Mulhouse, France
Facade planning: DeA architectes
Interior designer: Tobias Weber / ETTINGER PARTNER AG, Gartenstrasse 11, CH-8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Landscape design: Rossknecht Golfplan GmbH, Dennenmoos 7, D-88131 Lindau, Germany
Construction management: ETMO, 16 quai d’Isly, F-68100 Mulhouse, France
General planning: ETMO
Heating and ventilation planning / structural physics: BET SERAT, Les Espaces Rhémans, 32 Allée Nathan Katz, F-68100 Mulhouse, France
Electrics planning: BET SERAT
Sanitation planning: BET SERAT
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