Winter Architecture collaborated with the interior designers at Zunica to transform the Kinley Cricket Club in suburban Lilydale, Victoria into a cricket pavilion for use as a multifunctional space by the local community. Located in the heritage listed Cave Hill Limestone Quarry site, the cricket club needed to be converted into a pavilion that would maintain its existing relationship with the cricket oval and surrounding landscape, while improving natural light and adaptive programming.

Being the primary source of limestone for Victoria, the quarry held great historical significance for the state. By repurposing the heritage site, Winter Architecture was able to celebrate its rich history and the existing structure by maintaining the original building’s form.

The term ‘pavilion’ within architecture refers to a subsidiary building that is often positioned separately or as an attachment to the main structure. A pavilion is generally a multifunctional space that hosts various events throughout the year. The brief for Winter Architecture was to design a flexible space that would allow for different uses.

The design introduces two large openings to create a southeast central circulation axis, reinforcing the building’s aspect to the cricket oval. The primary consideration for the Kinley Cricket Club pavilion was to maintain and enhance the relationship between the pavilion and the cricket oval, as well as the surrounding landscape. Design elements, such as the timber battens on the pavilion’s façade facilitate this connection.

Large timber framed openings towards the south and north-east have been incorporated in the repurposed building to allow the interiors to be opened up to the outdoors, enabling cross-ventilation and improving the energy performance of the cricket pavilion. Glazed lift and slide doors from BINQ were specified for the project.

Photography: Nicole England