Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Chepauk Cricket Stadium in Chennai, India by Hopkins Architects
July 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hopkins Architects
Chennai’s Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk is famous in world cricket and has a long history of exciting matches. However, since the construction of the stadium in the early seventies, the characteristic swing of the ball created by the incoming sea-breeze which led to so much excitement after lunch has dwindled away.
Hopkins Architects have been asked by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to find a way to increase capacity, provide additional corporate box and air-conditioned accommodation, maintain roof shading and get the swing back. It is also important that the principles of Vaasthu, an Indian form of feng shui, be adhered to in the design.
The existing ground is situated in a tight urban site a couple of streets from the beachfront to the east. Our proposals create a series of twelve stands set on top of a continuous lower bowl of terracing. The sea breeze is then able to flow through the horizontal gap between the lower terrace and the upper stands and also through gaps between the stands and across the playing surface. Stands on the eastern edge of the site are reduced in scale, but follow a similar section, to allow greater air-flow from the east.
Daytime temperatures can reach 45°C in Chennai and so extensive translucent fabric roof structures provide shade over the stands. Sports and catering facilities such as badminton, squash and swimming pools for two social clubs at the ground, in addition to a cricket academy and car parking are also provided as part of the redevelopment.
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