This project saw us attempt to work with the local Coniston Cricket Club to redesign the pavilion for their grounds. The site is undoubtedly one of the most stunning in whole of the country, situated at the dramatic foot of the Coniston fells - however the existing pavilion consists of a series of sheds containing multitudinous lawn mowers. The cricket, tennis and bowls available at the site have a small group of members, and even fewer spectators, despite the extensive array of benches available and beautiful scenery.
The opportunity to create a dynamic, contemporary and multi-functional building, with the capacity to garner far wider usage and appreciation within the village and further afield, was too good to pass.
We proposed a project to be undertaken as a community self-build, in an attempt to raise awareness of the potential of high quality sustainable architecture in a civic setting. The project was advocating a multi functional construction, which could double as a contemporary holiday let, bakery, or some other amenity otherwise absent in the village, outside of the cricket season. We aimed to encourage greater involvement within the various village groups and to demonstrate an alternative model for how villages can be designed. One of the crucial intentions of the project was to bring greater involvement, integration and use of the amazing grounds within the village, as well as securing the financial future of the clubs.
In research for the pavilion design, we organised workshops and talks held in the Institute from a variety of artists, architects and designers who work in appropriate ways.
This included the Yangjiang Group from China, who built a large-scale open-air structure called the Shu Fa After Dinner Cricket Club, which, although unsuited to the rainy site of Coniston, has been exhibited at Eastside Projects Birmingham and featured in Frieze Art Fair 2012. Irish architect Dominic Stevens also gave a public talk and open discussion on the possibilities of low cost contemporary builds. We also had a workshop by Michael Marriott, the acclaimed product designer.
Unfortunately, despite a very successful Architecture Association Open Competition which was exhibited at the Coniston Institute, the project has stalled due to a myriad of local concerns around planning and funding.
The winner of the competition was a fantastic design by Ullmeyer Sylvester Architects, whose design can be seen here.
You can read what could have been, and see some of the other fantastic architectural solutions offered for the site, here.