Central Oregon is a dramatic landscape of high desert, big sky, and long, linear fields of volcanic rock. Rising from this dreamlike terrain is the 54,500-square-foot Prong-horn clubhouse, named for the bands of animals that roam wild in the area. Part of a destination resort that draws folks primarily from Arizona and the Northwest, the clubhouse generously serves two 18-hole golf courses, and its materials—volcanic stone, weathered stucco, and rugged timbers—were chosen not only for their indigenous qualities but also to fulfill the expectations of guests. “People from the Northwest know that Bend is high desert so were expecting almost Arizona-type architecture,” says architect Mike Marsh. “People from Arizona associate Oregon with pine forests and rustic timber lodges. We tried to merge those two styles to appeal to the tastes of both client bases.” It's a building that respects the genius of the place, with outdoor terraces growing out of natural rock formations. And exterior gable-end trusses were cut to curve like the distinctive branched horns of the local Pronghorn population.
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Category: Community recreation building or clubhouse;
Entrant/Architect/Interior designer: MAI Design Group, Englewood, Colo.;
Builder: Hayhoe Construction, Tustin, Calif.;
Developer: Pronghorn/High Desert Development, Los Altos, Calif.;
Land planner: DTJ Design, Boulder, Colo.;
Landscape architect: JT Atkins & Co., Bend, Ore.