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Make completes ‘glistening’ Birmingham Cube

[FIRST LOOK] Make’s £100 million, 23-storey Cube development in Birmingham is finally complete

The 42,000m2 mixed-use project houses 244 flats, a 44-bedroom hotel, offices for the regional department of the Highways Agency, a three-floor car park, four floors of shops and a rooftop bar.

Submitted for planning in August 2005, the project suffered a number of delays and setbacks including both client Birmingham Development Company and contractor BuildAbility going into administration in March this year.

According to the practice, the design is based on the contrast between Birmingham’s heavy industrial heritage and the city’s history of hand-crafted jewellery.

Describing the design, a spokesperson said: ‘The building acts as a protective metal box, pure in form, assembled from a multitude of glistening components, which gives way to a glassy, crystalline and wholly unexpected interior of light and colour.’

Practice founder Ken Shuttleworth said: ‘Birmingham has never been shy about design and never been cautious about regenerating. It is a bold city that embraces development and welcomes culture.
‘The Cube is the next stage in this architectural story and is paving the way for the future phases of development in the city; it is a landmark that will become internationally recognisable, with its own presence and identity.
‘We are thrilled with The Cube; we hope Birmingham will be as proud of it as we are.’

Readers' comments (4)

  • hahahahahah! go ken!

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  • Thought for a second this was computer generated, alas no. Poor Birmingham, keep going ken

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  • poor birmingham

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  • It is a nice play of an internal geometry of a cube.. but is it site specific? No. Does it have scale issues? Many. Orientation then? Wrong. So is it in wrong city? Would it look better in Shanghai or Hong Kong, maybe Dubai? ?

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