Birmingham’s eye catching architecture

Dec 01,2014

Overlooking Birmingham, you'll be hit with a view that makes other landscapes look positively dull. This city may be famous for producing Ozzy Osbourne. It may be known as the home of Cadbury's. And it's definitely renowned for its vast, cultural offering. But forget about all that, today it's time for the very bones of Birmingham to shine. Its innovative and eye-catching architecture has drawn attention in recent years, and seems to just keep on evolving. With our Copthorne Hotel Birmingham situated, quite dauntingly, amongst some of the most beautiful and modern architectural designs in the UK, we couldn't resist investigating.

Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is, in its own words, A major new cultural destination. Designed by architect, Francine Houben, it was developed as a flagship project for the city's redevelopment. Now it sits, just over a year old, on the west side of the city centre. Three giant square blocks lay on top of one another, straight edged and glossy. Circles decorate the outer walls, overlapping to create a contemporary kaleidoscope effect. It's both pretty and uber modern, not to mention utterly unique. Houben describes the finished library as the 'People's Palace'; a place to be drawn into, to experience the joy of learning, reading and social interaction. And inside the library is just as impressive as its exterior. You can see how people really would be drawn into its very depths, whether it's to hunt for literature or simply to be absorbed in a building like no other.

Selfridges - Bullring

Selfridges' Birmingham branch is housed in one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. Part of the 'blobitecture' movement (yes, it's a real thing) this store is a unique and accomplished feat of clever architecture. Almost fluid in appearance, the building curves upwards and outwards like a giant dollop of liquid silver. Metallic-looking blobs make up its outer walls, contributing to an organic feel, which is what blobitecture is all about. Future Systems is the firm behind the building, who wanted to make sure that Selfridges itself was set apart from the rest of the Bullring, of which it is part of. Constructed with a steel framework and a sprayed concrete façade, it's still as eye-catching today as it was over ten years ago when it was completed.

The Cube

The Cube is Birmingham's ultimate landmark. A twenty-five storey, multi-use development, it is located in the very heart of the city. If you haven't seen it already, you won't be surprised to learn that it is, quite literally, a cube - and one of epic proportions. Silver, glassy and gorgeous, it's a sharp-edged display of architectural talent. Designed by Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, it has become a world-class destination to live, work and be entertained. The Cube contains one hundred and thirty five flats, 111,500sq feet of office space, a hotel, shops and a skyline restaurant. Talk about ticking all the boxes.

Spiral Café

The Spiral Café is situated in the Bullring quarters, offering a welcome respite for shoppers. Much more than a café though, this shell-like structure is a slick demonstration of distinctive architecture. Only sixty square meters in size, its open design gives it an unusual half-in, half-out feel. But don't worry, it was constructed to be rugged, and withstands the temperamental British weather perfectly. Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, a simple mathematical formula, the Spiral Café was designed by Marks Barfield Architects. It plays on laws of nature, tapping into the fact that this formula can be seen everywhere around us, from the construction of seashells to the geometry of complex fractals in galaxies. Try that for a mind-boggling piece of architecture.

If you're currently looking into hotels in Birmingham for your next trip, why not browse the web a little further to discover the city's stunning architecture for yourself. That way, you'll be able to decide which of the weird, wonderful and downright awesome buildings you're going to visit. Prepare to be amazed.


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