Construction Notes from John:
This office had an opportunity to participate in a joint venture to produce a family Tennis & Swim Club. We as architects found the property through rather unique circumstances and invited two experienced tennis club owners to participate.
The site was one of two remnant strips of land - one on each side of an overflow channel from a private residential lake.
The site posed some problems, but we managed to position 13 tennis courts, two one-wall handball courts at the lake end, a two-story clubhouse in the middle, and a 7-lane, junior Olympic pool, barbeque area, and parking lot. Additional public parking is curbside, with parking along both sides of the fronting street.
Because the site is below street level, a bridge from the sidewalk to the upper, main level was constructed. A design tower with tennis logo, straddling the bridge, gives the entrance to the club a unique atmosphere. The entrance and top level includes a check-in area and desk, a small tennis and swim equipment sales area, club offices, kitchen, club lounge with fireplace, and access to a court-viewing deck overlooking Court No. 1. Large windows on the side opposite the deck overlook the pool.
Stairs lead down another deck and the courts on one side and the swimming pool on the other. Restrooms, lockers, showers, and gym are on the ground floor. The property is heavily landscaped for privacy.
All courts are lighted for night tennis, and the pool and decking is lighted, too. The pool is always heated, for year-around enjoyment and the comfort of persons taking swim lessons and teams that use the facility.
The two-story clubhouse was designed to compliment adjacent housing units, which have similar materials of construction. Color palette is in earth tones, for compliance with the community C.C. & R.s.
||Westlake Village, CA
||26 cars on-site
||5,000 sq. ft. club house
All wood frame construction
All field frame roof
All-weather "Masonite" siding
Mission style concrete roof