Kinley Cricket Club

Winter Architecture

The Kinley Cricket Club is the renewal and conversion of an existing cricket club in Lilydale, Melbourne. Winter Architecture, in collaboration with Zunica Design, set out to balance the requirement for a functional sales space between the existing building’s former use as a cricket club and its future use as a community centre. The existing utilitarian structure was a tired and underutilised concrete block clubhouse bunker, complete with the familiar smells, dingy natural light and flickering fluorescent tube glow. The practice questioned the typical, internalised ‘clubhouse’ mentality, deciding to open up the cricket pavilion through a circulation axis. The new design seamlessly connects the internal and external spaces, blurring the ‘clubhouse’ line and facilitating spaces to be enjoyed by the wider community.