Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

KINGS LANGLEY CRICKET CLUB AND AMENITIES

Eoghan Lewis Architects

PHOTOGRAPHS
Keith Saunders

LOCATION
Australia

MANUFACTURERS
Autex, Bowral, Fielders Nailstrip

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
SDA Structures

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
Pace Consultant Engineering

LIGHTING ENGINEERS
Lighting Art & Science

HYDRAULIC ENGINEERS
PC Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd

CATAGORY
Public Space, Sports Architecture, Sports Field

BCA CONSULTANT
BCA Logic

YEAR
2021

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

We were awarded the project as part of an invited EOI by Blacktown City Council. The brief called for a robust cricket club and amenities building that could also serve the park and broader community.

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

Our budget was tight, the process protracted and siting options were limited due to stormwater and sewer pipes.The pavilions sit side by side, addressing the oval and define an in-between space.

Functions were distributed between two adjacent pavilions, the larger housing a function room, canteen and toilets and the smaller housing ‘home’ and ‘away’ change rooms and storage.

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

Experienced in-the-round, it was important to us that the pavilions have a sculptural quality and play with but also against one another.A raised platform cuts into the landscape, grounding the building while creating an informal grandstand of bleacher seats.

With this in mind we fought hard to resolve mechanical systems invisibly, the hit-and-miss brickwork disguising, protecting and ventilating building services.

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

Roof forms act as programmatic markers and poetic signifiers of what’s within, each space finding its own poetic expression in response to need, ventilation, illumination and scale.

The ‘chimneys’ allow the change rooms to breathe and dappled sunlight to enter, creating dramatic and surprising internal spaces.

The relationship between pavilions becomes one of counterpoint, a game continued materially in the contrasting brickwork patterning and finish.

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
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Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

Brick was chosen for its contextual familiarity but also for its poetic qualities and robustness. By exposing the rough face of the bolster-cut bricks we add texture and pattern.

Above, a generously covered terrace maximises the functional possibilities for the cricket club, acts as a brim for spectators watching a game and provides the community with a space to gather and shelter.

The building has been organised with flexibility in mind, so Council and community can access various components of the building independently as required.

By necessity, the exterior had to be as tough and uncompromising as a pair of old boots, so security screens, a client requirement, have been carefully integrated and can be lowered when required.

Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
© Keith Saunders

The reds and oranges inside the brick - where the clay bakes at a lower temperature - adds warmth. In this way the building’s decoration is implicit to its materiality and to the logic of the Flemish bond brickwork.

Our hope is that the building performs well, weathers beautifully and is embraced by the cricket as well as the broader community. We also hope it feels local and familiar but a little strange and exotic at the same time.


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Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
Plan - Site
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
Plan - Ground Floor
Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities
Plan - Roof