By 19th Hole Staff | Feb. 21, 2018
BraytonHughes Design Studios, an internationally-acclaimed design firm based in San Francisco, California finished its renovation of the original Frank James-designed Overlake Golf & Country Club Clubhouse in Medina, Washington last fall – bringing a modern aesthetic inspired by the region’s natural beauty and history.
“At BraytonHughes, we believe in helping our clients design environments and spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play,” said Joel Villalon, a partner at BraytonHughes Design Studios. “Design opens up valuable opportunities for nurturing relationships and businesses. Good design creates meaningful first impressions, help differentiate the property from its competitors, and boost the membership and the bottom line eventually. We are honored to play our part in the evolution of this beautiful property in Washington.”
The newly designed, single-building clubhouse transforms the property’s appeal – remaining a social hub for long-standing members and welcoming a younger member base. As the median age of new members at country clubs is dropping, the younger set expects a more modern and elegant, yet comfortable and casual design, compared to the stuffy, outdated feel of traditional clubhouses.
Envisioned with a “sense of place,” the newly-designed clubhouse optimizes the breathtaking views of the Overlake grounds, extending much of the outdoor experience into the indoors. The new bar and restaurant have open design and grille ambiance that competes with local bar and restaurant offerings. To achieve this look, BraytonHughes opened up the exterior walls, creating a light-filled space that expands to the exterior decks. Also, the locker room areas and lounges were also remodeled to cater to the younger demographics of the club.
The new clubhouse design of Overlake incorporates materials such as wood, blackened steel, brass, and local stone, which offer a warm and inviting atmosphere. This includes the men’s and women’s locker rooms, a private, pleasant and elegant oasis designed for more than just changing your shoes.