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Grand building: Queenstown Country Club's brand-new clubhouse

A newly-completed clubhouse by Queenstown’s Ladies Mile highway’s both a communal hub for a retirement village and an architectural masterpiece.

Built for Arvida’s Queenstown Country Club, it’s broken into a series of stone pavilions,
akin to a rural lodge.

It houses hospitality and ‘wellness’ spaces including a residents-run cafe and bar, dining
room, communal kitchen, library, games room, heated 15-metre swimming pool, eight-person spa, gym and 50-seat state-of-the-art cinema.

The $12 million facility also contains the main reception and admin offices.

Exterior amenities include gardens, a two-lane bowling green, croquet and petanque
courts and a BBQ and entertainment area.

The 1650 square metre clubhouse has been designed for a fast-growing village which will ultimately contain 140 villas plus hospital- and dementia-level care units and apartments in a three-level building that kicks off soon.

Unsurprisingly, village manager Maurice David says residents are ‘‘champing at the bit’’ to use it.

It’s been designed by local Warren & Mahoney architects Ian Adamson and Simon Taverner, whose firm also designed the villas.

Plush surrounds: An example of the interior

The interior features large expanses of glass capturing views of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, and a vaulted, slatted timber ceiling and exposed timber truss work that mirrors ‘‘the barn-like nature of the local vernacular’’.

Inspiration for the materials and colour palette comes from local flora and fauna including the native olive-green kea with its scarlet underwings.

When the build commenced about 18 months ago, then-Arvida boss Bill McDonald stated the clubhouse would be ‘‘the beating heart of a community that’s all about living a fulfilling and stimulating life’’.

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