Contemporary architecture

Birmingham Tetris- The Cube

Love it or hate it there is no denying that The Cube makes a bold and striking addition to the Brum Skyline.

The Cube

The Cube

Birmingham does have this habit of becoming home to these bold ‘iconic’ buildings consisting of all sorts of weird shapes, sizes and sometimes questionable architectural quality. We have the circular Rotunda, the blobitecture of The Selfridges building in the Bull Ring and of course the new Library of Birmingham with it’s lattice outer building skin.

Here are a couple of piccies of The Cube another recent addition to the Brum skyline (completed 2010).  Definitely worth a visit to the Marco Pierre White restaurant at the top for cocktails and fantastic views across the city.  It is a bold and striking building but I am not sure if the scale and location is quite right for a statement such as this. 

All these buildings are rather controversial in design and appear in most cases to be a acquired taste- like Marmite…you either love them or hate them…I’m still undecided!


Central Atrium

  • Architect: Make Architects
  • Client/developer: Birmingham Development Company
  • Builder: BuildAbility
  • Year: 2010
  • Use: Mixed use- residential apartments, office space, retail units & restaurants.
  • Cost: £100 Million
  • Style: Modern- twisting of geometries, the exploded cube, outer building envelope.
  • Material: Steel framework,  clad in glazed and gold coloured anodised aluminium panels

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