Adopts simple materials and concentrates on details
Rafael Viñoly Architects for City Football Group
Contract value: £158.3m
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.
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’.
Regional Sustainability Award
Regional Client of the Year