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The modern architecture of Birmingham

The city skyline in Birmingham is increasingly changing with a collection of modern architecture. These buildings are becoming iconic for our city, and are well worth visiting if you haven’t already!

library of birmingham elliott brown birmingham modern architectureLibrary of Birmingham by Elliott Brown

Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is one of the newest additions to the Birmingham skyline. Built on the site of a car park,  and has quickly become  a city landmark. The exterior of the library is clad in metal geometric shapes, linking to the cladding of The Selfridges Building. The interior revolves around a huge circular stairwell, which is definitely worth exploring.

selfridges building by brianac37 birmingham modern architectureThe Selfridges Building by Brianac37 

The Selfridges Building

Costing around £40 million to construct, The Selfridges Building is unmistakable. The building is clad in 15,000 aluminium disks, giving it a futuristic exterior. Inside, the Selfridges department store offers retail and dining outlets. The store is currently undergoing redevelopment work costing around £25 million, including the recent transformation of the Beauty Hall.

millennium point by guy evans modern architecture birminghamMillennium Point by Guy Evans

Millennium Point

Millennium Point and the Eastside building mark the beginning of the redevelopment of Birmingham Eastside, implemented by the Big City Plan the the current plans for the HS2 development. Millennium Point houses Birmingham ThinkTank and an IMAX screen, while both buildings are sites for Birmingham City University facilities, with a second phase of build currently in construction.

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Birmingham Rotunda

The Rotunda has had a varied history and has divided opinion throughout Birmingham. Once a block of offices, the building has been developed by Staying Cool and UrbanSplash to provide an apart-hotel and luxury living accommodation.

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Birmingham Rotunda


The Rotunda has a controversial history as one of Birmingham’s most ‘marmite’ of buildings; you either love it or you hate it!

The Grade II listed building was originally planned as one of James A. Robert’s creations in the original Bullring scheme. However, the initial design was different; it was 12 stories high. Plans were later changed to be 25 stories, costing £1 million to build.

It was originally used as an office block with a bank and shops on lower levels. Mostly, local residents weren’t best pleased with the new structure. However, proposed demolition of the building in the 1980s was met with apprehension too!

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Work began in 1960 to construct the 81m tall building, built of a large glass tube design. The build was completed in 1965 after revisions. Notable design elements include a flat roof, and a structure made of reinforced concrete standing on a single story podium.

The Rotunda now

In 2004 the building underwent huge scale refurbishment to convert the it to residential use. The works were finished in 2008, housing  residential and hotel accommodation.

Urban Splash occupy 232 homes in the building, created by Glenn Howells Design. When the build finished in 2008, the final 92 apartments for sale sold within 3 hours of becoming available. These homes are now up for sale and rent. Iconic design includes a double height reception area, created in this refurbishment, and re-cladding the façade of the building.

Staying Cool at the Rotunda have 26 serviced apartments forming a boutique style Apart-Hotel over the top four floors of the building. Apartments range from a studio to two bed apartments, with two bed penthouses available. These apartments have been impeccably styled in a sixties theme, and are named after famous cars, inspired by the famous cars made in nearby Lonbridge.

Fact file:

Location: New Street, City Centre 
Built: 1961-1965
Style: Modern
Status: Grade II 
Use: Apart-Hotel

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