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The Buildings of Birmingham


What really make Birmingham stand out is its ability to blend historical buildings, which are beautiful inspired by other like structures in other parts of Europe, with the modern and equally inspired architecture across the city centre.Birmingham

The Selfridges complex of Birmingham’s Bullring, is probably the most peculiar of them all; designed by a team of talented architects the construction was completed in 2003 by “Future Systems.” Since then the building has won many awards and is recognised nationally; its outside wall curved and covered in 15,000 aluminum discs mounted on a blue background. It stands right next to the ‘less curved’ and ‘less shiny’ St Martin’s church and although the two are completely different shapes and sizes, their juxtaposition proves popular with locales and those with an appreciation for spatial management.

Likewise, the historical Hall of Memory in Centenary Square will soon be in the neighbourhood of the new Library of Birmingham. Due to open in September 2013, it is already one of the most awaited contemporary buildings in the UK of the last two years. It is still a mystery what many parts of the interior of this building look like!

Francine Houben, the Library’s architect, describes the build as a ‘people’s palace’ and an eventual hotspot for family activities, cultural events and informative exhibitions. Coupled with an external structure decorated with intricate circular metalwork and golden highlights, the Library already is noted by some to resemble a gift box, beautifully adorned with greater treasures soon to be found inside. A fitting description, we think.

A short walk away, and one will find themselves at The Cube. In the vicinity of the ever-popular Mailbox development, The Cube has transformed the Birmingham skyline, with public spaces on the 25th floor views offering a chance to see such sights. Ken Shuttleworth, with a portfolio including London’s “The Gherkin”, has managed to bring his spectacular vision into being, creating a new destination for Birmingham’s residents and visitors.

With an attentive eye, one can see just how much Birmingham has to offer in its architecture. The city hosts meetings between the past and the present, structures camouflage the processes of their respective inhabitants and each new build provides an equally new talking point that contributes to the pride in the second city.


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