Martyrs Pavilion

John Pawson, Oxford, 2009


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Cricket pavilion for St Edward’s School built as a landmark at the heart of the campus

Formed by two simple and rectilinear elements, a wooden plinth and a whitewashed roof, the pavilion is a viewing platform sheltered from the elements by cantilevered overhangs.

Clad in timber with large glazed areas, it stands as a distinctive landmark in the recreation grounds, its horizontality being one of its main features.

The building provides the usual facilities for sporting events such as changing rooms for opposing sides, a space designed for the convivial match tea and a room where sporting memorabilia can be exhibited, all organised within a rectangular plan.

This geometrical configuration allows for a simple arrangement of the spaces, which are then enclosed so as to express its functionality.


  • Begun: Jan 2009
  • Completed: Aug 2009
  • Floor area: 203m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Address: St. Edward’s School Playing Fields, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 7NN, United Kingdom

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