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Howzat! TAKA reveals Irish cricket pavilion

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TAKA Architects has completed this £600,000 pavilion for Merrion Cricket Club, in Dublin

Described by the architect as a ‘symmetrical pyramidal volume, cut to fit the irregular geometry of the site’, the building replaces an existing 1980s pavilion severely damaged by flooding in 2010.

To protect the new building from future floods, the pavilion is raised up a number of steps, has a waterproof concrete wainscoting up to window sill level and has temporary barriers which can be dropped into door openings.

Inside the building there is an apartment for the club professional, a covered viewing terrace facing the pitch with ‘numerous formal and informal vantage points’ and an entrance portico, which frames the square on approach.

To protect the pavilon from non-flood related damage glazed windows and doors slide to the side to ‘decrease the annual cost of replacing broken window panes as a result of stray cricket balls’.

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