Like any sport, golf is a game in a state of constant evolution. Not only have the clubs and wedges of old become relics of a bygone era, but many modern golfers have a physical appearance more akin to lean wrestlers. It would make sense, then, that the sport’s main organizer for professional tournaments, the PGA Tour, should also shed its old skin by finding a new home. Which is exactly what will be happening come 2020.
It was announced today that the PGA Tour will be moving into a brand new headquarters designed by Foster + Partners, among the most recognizable firms in the world. Considering the headquarters of a few other major sports governing bodies (such as FIFA’s Tilla Theus–designed HQ in Zurich and the NFL’s nondescript midtown Manhattan location), the fact that the PGA is working with such an esteemed firm as Foster + Partners is exceptional. A quick glance at its oeuvre tells the story: Apple’s new campus, the renovation to Wembley Stadium, London’s City Hall, and 30 St Mary Axe, just to name a few.
The new, 187,000-square-foot structure will feature a clean, minimalist aesthetic, which makes the reflection off the surrounding natural lake all the more powerful, as it echoes the iconic Island Green 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (an instantly recognizable setting for any golf lover). Narrow pillars support an overlay, which will allow employees to enjoy the outdoors even during inclement weather. Floor-to-ceiling windows spread across each of the three floors in the building, not only allowing an ample amount of natural light into the building, but also blurring the distinction between indoors and out. “Inspired by the lush greenery of TPC Sawgrass and the beautiful Floridian light, the new PGA TOUR headquarters is designed as an extension of its surrounding landscape,” said Nigel Dancey, head of studio at Foster + Partners. The interior of the new headquarters will feature an open layout, which promotes a non-hierarchical identity, as well as ample space for informal group collaborations.
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