RIBA North West Building of the Year Award

Chetham's School of Music, Manchester | Stephenson:ISA Studio

The architecture is bold: horizontally striated and rounded forms cantilever out over the gorge and rise to a high bluff at the concert hall end. They look to be eroded from sandstone by water and time. Built in a thin, long clay-coloured brick, flush-pointed and raked to emphasise its geological character, the horizontality extends into the detail. The windows are deeply recessed broken horizontal bands, like strata of the Sierra Madre. The sculptural form is strong enough to coexist with its brash neighbours, yet soft enough to suggest a human purpose.

Source: Architecture Today