An evening at Houston’s prestigious Lakeside Country Club is a long day’s journey into illuminated, romantic night. Located near beautiful tree-lined Memorial Drive in West Houston, Lakeside Country Club caters to a clientele with finer tastes, a strong sense of faith, family, and community, and a desire to retreat into a natural setting after spending a day in the office in the busier, more commercial districts of our city. As such, our work for Lakeside Country Club was centered around the intent to highlight the lush, resort-like environment, the pristine beauty of an exceptional private lake, and to underscore an evening at Lakeside Country Club as a visit to a better, beautifully simplified world where natural beauty, refined taste, and absolute comfort separate experience within the grounds from the outside world of breakneck business and congested traffic.
Lakeside Country Club by its very design supports this since of differentiation and escape to better surroundings by bringing travelers gradually to the clubhouse by means of a gently winding road that meanders through the grounds. By the time members and guests hand over their keys to the valet attendant, the slow approach to the building has already helped them forget the stress, disappointments, and pains of the day and helped them look instead toward an evening of pleasure they have worked very hard to afford. In keeping with this aesthetic, Illuminations Lighting and Design installed high-end accent lighting fixtures using proprietary installation techniques that cast the precise amount of light on structural keynotes along the driveway. We utilized sophisticated sign lighting to emphasize the Lakeside Country Club sign and also placed low-key fixtures on the flagpoles to emphasize the colors of our nation, state, and the Lakeside Country Club emblem itself. To blend our lighting theme with Nature’s perfection, we deployed our moon shadow and canopy lighting specialists trained in environmentally friendly installation methods to place hidden lights within the branches of trees that light the driveway. These fixtures cast pools of light on the ground very similar to the soft glow of moonlight (hence the term, “moon shadow lighting”). By placing these lights within trees that line the roadway, ILD created a grand entryway of light that enlivens the mind and lifts the spirit of anyone who journeys into the world within the gates.
Upon entering the dining hall at Lakeside Country Club, members immediately experience an illuminated unity of architecture and nature as they peer through the clubhouse windows onto the landscape lit by fixtures positioned at both the front and rear of the building. These fixtures cast the light in a circle around the building, eliminating the reflective glare of the interior lights and making it possible for members and guests to see clearly through the glass. It is now possible to view the Vista of the golf course surrounded by tree canopy lights that shine down upon the driving range, the putting greens, and landscaping elements that blend indigenous vegetation with aesthetic terraforming. The interior of the Lakeside Country Club dining room thus becomes one with the surrounding exterior due to the unifying field of light cast by strategically positioned, sophisticated lighting equipment. As the eye follows the light from the dining area into the surrounding countryside, it encounters the pinnacle of our work—the illuminated suspension bridge over the lake. Lit clearly by accent lighting fixtures that help establish its position as the central outdoor structure of the property, the illuminated suspension bridge has earned high acclaim from Lakeside Country Club members and guests.
Because so many people join Lakeside Country Club to not only to dine in refined settings free from traffic congestion and parking shortages, but also to experience the natural beauty of the property, ILD completed its lighting design work with refined touches of outdoor lighting placed strategically along pathways and structures that form the patio dining areas. The palm trees, dining tables, pools, and surrounding deck all bathe in soft, relaxing light cast down from surrounding oak trees just beyond the perimeter of human activity. This results in a blended experience of activity, form, and natural ambiance where earth and architecture come together in a field of light and contribute to an unforgettable experience of refined conversation, peace, and serenity for all those who attend evening events at Lakeside Country Club.
Illuminations Lighting and Design extends its warm thanks to the directors of Lakeside Country Club for choosing us as their design partner in excellence. For other similar organizations, we stand available for all inquiries to accomplish a similar vision for their establishment. Call us today 713-863-1133 for a complimentary, in-depth consultation to begin a long day’s journey into light.