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Spiral Cafe Birmingham : Spiceal Street

Costa Seashell design by Marks Barfield Architects in Birmingham, West Midlands, central England, UK

18 Jan 2012

Spiceal Street

St Martin’s Square, Bullring
Dates built: 2010-12
Design: Chapman Taylor Architects

Designed by architects Chapman Taylor. The development has an undulating roof and comprises of top restaurants.

Chapman Taylor

Adjacent building in St Martin’s Square:

Spiral Cafe

St Martin’s Square, Bullring
Date built: 2004
Design: Marks Barfield Architects

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Spiral Cafe aka Costa ‘Seashell’ Café

Copper Design Award 2005

News update – Sep 2010

Costa Seashell cafe due to be relocated to make space for a design by Chapman Taylor Architects for Hammerson.

Marks Barfield Architects

In 2005, a small Costa Coffee café, designed by Marks Barfield Architects and dubbed the Spiral Café, was constructed alongside the steps leading towards to New Street from St Martin’s Square. The building’s shape resembled that of shell and featured a curved bronze roof with both ends covered with glass.

The main contractors were Thomas Vale and the structural engineers were Price & Myers. The building form is inspired by the mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci who identified natural patterns of growth found throughout the universe, from the shapes of shells and pines cones to fractal patterns within galaxies.

The café was knocked down (or relocated? comments welcome please) as part of the Spiceal Street redevelopment in 2011. The new Spiceal Street opened on 24 November 2011.

The shopping centre’s design has been criticised. In 2008, a poll conducted in conjunction with SimCity Creator stated that Bullring was the ugliest building in the country.

Location: St Martin’s Square, Bullring, Birmingham, West Midlands, Central England, UK

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Wolverhampton Grand Temporary Theatre Building
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