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Report - The Cube - Birmingham - Dec 2009



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The Cube - Birmingham

This site has been under our watchful eyes for just under a year and last month we saw our way in. Then it was a case of waiting for the moon and planets to align for the perfect opportunity. Adders took the opportunity a few weeks back and then the weather turned and we were on hold yet again.

Finally getting the mystical moment we made our move, with security very present, a breath holding moment or two, and our best laid plans altered we were in...

From Wiki....

The Cube is a 23 storey tower, under construction, in Birmingham, England. Designed by Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, the mixed use development will contain 135 flats, 111,500 ft² (10,360 m²) of offices, shops, a hotel and a 'skyline' restaurant. It is the final phase of The Mailbox development by the Birmingham Development Company (BDC).

The building's name come from its cubic dimensions. However, the building is more than a cuboid, as it floats on a glass first floor with the atrium twisting up through the centre. The building is topped with a two story angular crown which will house the hotel and restaurant. Inside, an open courtyard will contain shops which will act as a hub as people pass through from surrounding streets and the canal at Gas Street Basin. The outside will be clad in a golden anodised aluminium framework with windows cleverly placed for the best views and sunlight, but giving an impression of randomness like a game of Tetris.

Birmingham-born Ken Shuttleworth, who designed London's Gherkin building with Norman Foster, has stated that the design evokes the city's industrial heritage.
I have to say, I hate this building, the design is terrible. Looking round confirmed my belief of it being shit. Why you'd want to live here is beyond me!

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