The new cricket pavilion, located at the recently formed International cricket oval at Blake Park, forms the new home of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association and the Mt Manganui Cricket Club.
The design team were challenged to provide an international quality pavilion, capable of hosting international fixtures, while still being inherently adaptable, as the infrequent nature of international and national cricket games mean the building needs to fulfil a role as administrative base for BOP cricket trust, as well as a high quality space for events and functions.
The considered design and careful furniture selection, the spaces within the pavilion are capable of accommodating a variety of uses. The player’s lounges can be equally transitioned into function, office or meeting space. While the specialist player’s facilities; including changing rooms, recovery rooms, and support rooms are all ICC World Cup standard.
Overall, the design inspiration has been taken from the environmental context of Blake Park. With views to the Pacific Ocean and the port, a language of containers, derived from shipping containers or a dune hoppers emerged.
The two containers, or boxes, contain the service areas for the two functional areas of the pavilion. One concrete clad the other glass. The concrete box encapsulates all the necessary functional spaces, the changing rooms, public toilets and recovery rooms with the facetted glass box to the field side maximising exposure to the pitch.
Overlaying this is a structural system of timber portals arrayed evenly across the plinth. The roof cantilevers beyond the glass line to provide a canopy with uninterrupted views to the fields and shelter from the sun.
The Bay Oval brought the first International Cricket One Day Series to the BOP region, find out what the South African cricket team and visitors think of these new facilities in this short clip: Watch
- 2015 NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Architecture Award – Public Architecture