Workshop: Tingbjerg Cricket Ground

Whilst away in Denmark with university, we worked with students from the University of Copenhagen for a one day workshop to propose improvements to the Copenhagen Cricket Club in Tingbjerg.

We convened in the morning at the university’s Landscape Architecture studio in Frederiksberg for an introduction to the project and our Danish counterparts. We were well fed with pastries and coffee!

The first stage in the workshop was a quick desktop survey and analysis of the site and its surroundings. We used aerial photographs and maps to get a picture of the grounds, we discussed distinctive features as a group and translated these thoughts onto a rough drawn diagram. The on the spot exercise was also an opportunity to get to know fellow students and explore different methods of working.

We then got the bus to Tingbjerg to see the site and meet our client. The site is on the outskirts of the city and is situated within an existing sports facility but currently feels very exposed and is not up to the international cricket ground standards that the client and community want. 

We had a chance to walk through the area with the client as he discussed his ambition for Denmark to compete on an international level and for the Tingbjerg grounds to host large games and crowds of spectators. We also walked the site alone and with our groups to allow us to get a feel for the place and talk through initial thoughts and ideas.

After we all got too cold we headed to an empty shop which had been repurposed, for today, as our design studio. The cork floor was a distinctive feature of the space. 

As a whole group, Richard, the tutor from Copenhagen ran an ideas exercise. We all said aloud the words that were in our head as a response to the site, brief, survey or anything else that we could think of. He wrote our ideas on a board which became a jumble of words and thoughts. Then as smaller groups we chose around five that would become the focus of our design. Our group chose: circle, community, green, microclimate, shelter, social.

We then began putting pencil to paper and translated our ideas into working concepts. One of our key words was circle so we developed a circular concept which we decided could be a ring of trees to create shelter and enclosure. We bounced thoughts and ideas off each other and then onto trace.

The wooden blocks represented shipping containers which would be used provide the structure to built elements of the design. 

Being tight on time meant that we had to work quick and believe in our abilities as designers to create a response to the site and brief. Visuals and graphics were pulled together quickly and pinned to a board ready for a presentation to the client and fellow students.

Our key intervention was the colossal arc of large double staggered trees on the southern edge of the cricket ground so a lot of energy went into communicating this bold move.

The client was very positive and pleased with the work we had undertaken. He was impressed with every design produced by the group in only one day.

This workshop was very valuable to us as students as it stretched our brain and helped us explore different creative avenues to the design process. It was also interesting to work with students from Copenhagen and hear their perspective.

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