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approximately 17 mile2 (44 km2) leisure development currently under construction in Aqaba, Jordan—the Ayla Golf Resort. The architecture of the 40,000 ft2 (3700 m2) Golf Academy & Clubhouse and accompanying Comfort Stations are sure to become a primary focus and iconic symbol of this highly anticipated mixed-use resort, not to mention the region. The distinct architectural form of each structure is shaped by a massive concrete shell that precisely drapes over the programmed areas. Once programmatic elements are modeled spatially based on specific client requirements, bringing the shells from Oppenheim’s computer-generated model to the built environment is achieved through a process of individual sectional cuts, which are first built on-site with flexible thin-gauge steel ribbons, then adding reinforcing bars and an outer steel mesh. An adjustable “blanket” mesh is laid over the top, enveloping each independent volume, followed by a layer of insulation. Shotcrete is then applied to both the interior and exterior walls to serve as the final shell finish, achieving the raw, unadorned look that stays true to its context and inspiration. The Project Owner, Arab Supply & Trading Company, and the Project Team demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the use of local resources in creating these magnificent structures. Native raw materials and additives were incorporated wherever possible, particularly to achieve the desired appearance and texture of the façade. Additionally, the shotcrete contractor, Switzerland-based Greuter AG, recruited and trained local Bedouin laborers on site at the Comfort Stations, with the objective of employing them through completion of the Academy and Clubhouse. The overall development will eventually encompass residential, hotel, and commercial space, all centered around an 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed, USPG tournament-rated Completed Ayla Golf Comfort Station interior detail Photo credit: Oppenheim Architecture Completed Ayla Golf Comfort Station Photo credit: Oppenheim Architecture www.shotcrete.org Winter 2017 | Shotcrete 61


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