Earle Architects were commissioned by Oxford University to prepare preliminary feasibility studies for two proposals on different sites; the first to replace an existing sports building known as the Rhodes Pavilion, the second to replace the Merton Pavilion - also a sports facility.
The existing Rhodes Pavilion sits next to the grade II listed cricket pavilion within University Parks and was originally intended as a temporary pavilion but has remained for over 30 years. Additional small storage buildings have also been erected nearby over the years. Our proposal demonstrates the potential to consolidate existing accommodation into a single building and link it more successfully with the surrounding park. The proposed design retains the stepping form of the building but applies an alternative roof form; a barrel vault. This intends to maximise the feeling of space internally while, externally, referencing the elegant curved timber structure of the five bay veranda of the cricket pavilion.
Our study for the Merton Pavilion looked at providing a new dance studio, changing facilities, and flats for married students.