Eldorado Stone Complements Organic Building Materials at Florida’s Parkland Country Club
The experience begins the moment you drive through the picturesque Botanical Garden at the entrance of Parkland Golf and Country Club. Set on approximately 800 acres in the city of Parkland, Florida, this beautiful, chic new community features a 19-hole championship golf course, approximately 820 luxury residences of various sizes and styles, and at the heart of it all, a gorgeous stone-covered Sports Club that offers lavish amenities to all its members and residents.
The community’s design was inspired by the Mediterranean Revival architectural style found in the timeless grace and grandeur of Coral Gables, one of the first and more beautifully master planned communities in the state. The character and architectural style of Parkland Golf and Country Club may best be described as Tuscan with a naturally elegant sophistication.
Don Gregory, AIA, and his team at JZMK Partners in Irvine, California, were hired by WCI Communities to design the community’s center piece – The Sports Club, which is approximately 54,000 square feet. “Our extensive use of stone was done to replicate the indigenous-syled stones of what you would find in France, Italy and Tuscany,” says Gregory. “We wanted to create a sense of timeless beauty, as if the building had been there for ages and the stone helped us bring our design to life. We were very particular about the color, shape, and style of the stone as well as the grout technique used. We wanted the grout to appear as if it had been scraped off with a stick so it would reinforce our efforts to capture the look of old-style construction. Our use of Eldorado Stone and selecting such a unique overgrout technique helped us to accomplish our goal.”
Throughout the community, you’ll find stone, wood, water, and other organic materials used as the primary elements that comprise the context of the landscape and residences. Eldorado Stone is used on both the exterior and interior of the Sports Club, on bridges, community signage and on various homes through the extraordinary community.
“The level of detail and thoughtfulness found in every aspect of this community is highly unique and very special,” says Margaret LaCalle, project manager for WCI Communities. “The feeling here is magical and I believe the architectural beauty and the ambience created with the use of Eldorado Stone helps to capture the true essence of Parkland Golf & Country Club.”
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Builder: WCI Communities, Bonita Springs, FL
Architect: JZMK Partners, Irvine, CA