AIBC LG Innovation Award
Buckminster Fuller’s Buckyball – the modern soccer ball -- is the departure point for the Newton Field House set in Surrey’s largest soccer park. Unravelling a Buckyball reveals a compelling material and structural logic. Its stitched arrangement of synthetic pentagons and hexagons approximates a sphere with flat surfaces held in tension by the ball’s inflated bladder. The field house employs a similar formal strategy by utilizing concrete masonry units arranged in single curving wall. The continuous concavity is inherently stable and resists the lateral forces imposed by its roof diaphragm. Grazing skylights highlight the woven facets of block work.