City Football Academy, Manchester

Adopts simple materials and concentrates on details

City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Credit: James Thorp

Rafael Viñoly Architects for City Football Group

Contract value: £158.3m

GIA: 28,900m²

This was to be a ‘machine for winning’. Its sheer indulgence not only propels its users to excellence but pupils at the school achieve the best academic results in the area. The architecture is driven by a functional plan and complex cross sections that pull light into the building and give views of the all-important pitches. The design adopts simple materials and concentrates on details.

  • City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
    City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Credit: James Thorp
  • City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
    City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Credit: James Thorp
  • City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
    City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Credit: James Thorp
  • City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
    City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Credit: James Thorp
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Gym and swimming pool are heroic and together with professional medical and catering facilities, provide for every sporting need. There are three cons: The orthogonal accommodation is contained within a formal circular plan, leading to unresolved landscaping in what is effectively a company enclave. But none of these is enough to undermine this extraordinary ‘tour-de-force’.


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