Kinley Cricket Club by Winter Architecture
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“The conversion to the cricket pavilion has been designed with primary consideration toward maintaining and enhancing its existing relationship with the cricket oval and surrounding landscape while improving natural light and adaptive programming.
The design introduces two large openings to create a Southeast central circulation axis reinforcing the buildings’ aspect to the cricket oval. By maintaining and updating the covered outdoor setting to the Southeast this aspect is further enhanced.
Redefining the façade with timber battens assists in blending the building into the landscape. Rather than conceal the buildings original form, the positioning of these battens follows the height of existing brickwork to maintain the pavilions’ distinct roof form gesturing toward the oval.
The introduction of larger openings combined with an open floor plan supports cross ventilation while allowing for future flexibility of programme.
The key challenges on the project were adhering to the heritage overlay considerations, budgetary constraints and creating functional spaces that meet accessibility standards within the confines of the existing structure. Heritage considerations were of critical importance due to the sites long-standing contribution to the community as a cricket oval for the workers of the Lilydale Quarry and Original Bacon and Dairy Factory was originally owned by Dame Nellie Melba’s family. It was important that we maintained the simplicity of the original building form and celebrated the existing structure.
With the bulk of our work residing in regional Australia and inner Melbourne, this was our first project in the outer suburbs. It forced us to consider the way in which Architecture, and particularly civic Architecture, might be able to make positive interventions to the suburban context.”