UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND CRICKET CLUB
2021 - 2023
LINEBURG WANG, with STEVE HUNT ARCHITECT
Photography by David Chatfield
2021 - 2023
The University of Queensland Cricket Club Maintenance Shed is a celebration of cost efficiencies in an exploration of the standard grey block – an outcome driven by construction pricing and material supply constraints in 2020-21.
Located at the street’s edge of the University campus, the project hopes not to present as an identifiable utility shed for tractors, rather a landscape wall in a field.
As the cost of steel increased during the design process, core-filled blockwork piers replaced structural steel posts and enable the reimagining of a typical breezeblock screen.
The building is elemental, championing blockwork as both decoration and structure. The shed breathes - three-quarter blocks provide one-quarter aperture when laid to a standard 400-grid, and lintel blocks laid on their side provide a shelf to support these. These turned lintels sleeve into the coursing of the block piers, allowing the ‘breezeblock’ screen to be uniform and continuous – a veil to the various back-of-house amenity within.
The edges of the building soften at its corners – furry, a mass of blockwork hopes to appear as filigree. The building is reductive – without glass or internal lining, celebrating structure as ornamentation.
The project hopes to champion uncommon approaches to common building materials.
2023 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards, Winner,
Queensland Architecture Medallion
2023 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards, Winner, Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture
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