I was invited to do a design proposal for the Lane Cove Tennis Club - Stage 1. Set in beautiful, leafy Central Park, and bounded with huge trees, this two-storey brick building had been virtually neglected since its opening in the 1980's. The current members are a friendly, enthusiastic bunch and they wanted to refresh the building and entice people to linger there. The Club's uniqueness is the fact that it is New South Wales's, second oldest tennis Club, as it was established in 1908.
I proposed two design options. The upstairs area was reminiscent to me of a Singapore club - drawing inspiration from the Raffles Long Bar, I proposed Bethany's "The Grand Shalimar" wallpaper be a feature wall, with ceiling fans installed, and rattan furniture to encourage relaxation and lingering.
Bethany's vision board...
Work in progress:
The finished room, albeit without photos and memorabilia on the walls...
It was also great to see the transformation of some of the impressive old trophies and cups from this:
Downstairs was a utilitarian space, with plenty of windows on to the courts, but the brick interior walls made the space drab and uninviting. Being a budget-conscious project, and some structural work to rectify, rendering the walls and replacing the carpet was out of the question in Stage 1 of the project so the main aim was to brighten and freshen the space as best as possible.
It was decided to paint the wooden window and door frames and the 70's dark orange and mustard bathrooms white and purchase contemporary furniture that would appeal to younger members with a bar table and stools, as well as up-dated café furniture and bench seating for more comfort.
One thing that was obviously required, was some sort of storage unit to store racquet bags that members would dump on the floor anywhere. I designed a racquet storage unit, like large pigeon-holes for storing the bags safely out of harm's way.
I'm looking forward to working on Stage 2 now...