The changing rooms provide facilities for six full-size grass football pitches and a new all-weather pitch on Mabley Green.
The planted green roof is scattered with ‘sunpipes’ bringing in natural light.
5th Studio’s approach to the external brickwork focussed on enriching the quality of a building which necessarily comprised largely blank facades.
The brickwork composition allowed for the creation of playful connections to the park landscape - an informal football goal, for example, and the setting for a basketball hoop.
The building was built in collaboration with a supplier of modular buildings, to meet the requirements of Sport England and the Football Association
The finished building was completed under budget and opened in July 2011.
LB Hackney and Design for London
Design for London started working with LB Hackney in 2008 to develop a masterplan for Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green, forming part of the Olympic Fringe Delivery Programme. A key part was the provision of a new building which provided changing facilities for six full-size grass football pitches and a new all-weather pitch on Mabley Green. These make up part of the largest group of ‘grass roots’ football pitches available to the local community in Europe.
Design for London invited 5th Studio to collaborate with a supplier of modular buildings to produce a design which met the requirements of Sport England and the Football Association in the provision of 4 team changing rooms and ancillary facilities, and also a high quality robust building with a strong relationship to its park setting.
The proposal set the pavilion as one of a series of objects in the park, which includes a climbing rock, and has smooth engineering brick laid to a bond at low level with textured brick at high level. The pitch of the planted green roof offers a green plane, a continuation of the green, to be read from the top of the park. A scattering of ‘sunpipes’ bring natural light deep into the plan, requiring only one window to the office and allowing the brick texture to provide a monolithic and yet civic ‘architecture of defence’.
The building was delivered under budget and was opened in July 2011