Super bowls touchdown: Walker Architecture
Cantabrians are being bowled over by the Elmwood Park Bowling Club’s new clubrooms.
The $3 million rebuild of the club has recently been completed, and is “second to none”, says club president Pete Smith, who is full of praise for the design, its architect, and the builders.
Designed by Walker Architecture, the new building meets its brief by providing a recognisable new home for the club replacing previous earthquake damaged facilities.
A distinctive gold clad entrance leads towards a striking glass frontage overlooking the new bowling green. Expansive glazing and large sliding doors provide an enjoyable outdoor/indoor flow connecting the clubrooms to the bowling green through a covered colonnade that facilitates outdoor seating.
The decorative warmth of a slatted timber ceiling extends between inside and out with high levels of acoustic insulation creating good acoustics for the 200-seat venue that can be split into two separate club rooms through use of an operable wall that folds away discretely out of view.
With modern bar and dining facilities, the new building provides flexible new clubrooms that can be hired out for a variety of bowling events, helping to ensure the future of the club and its place in Elmwood Park.