Spiral Cafe, Spiceal Street Birmingham, Bullring Design, Curved bronze roof Building, Property Images
Spiral Cafe Birmingham : Spiceal Street
Costa Seashell design by Marks Barfield Architects in Birmingham, West Midlands, central England, UK
18 Jan 2012
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.
Adjacent building in St Martin’s Square:
St Martin’s Square, Bullring
Date built: 2004
Design: Marks Barfield Architects
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.
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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Birmingham Architecture Designs – chronological list
East Beach café, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Date built: 2007
Design: Heatherwick Studio
photo : Andy Stagg
English Beach café
Date built: 2005
Design: Future Systems Architects
photo © webbaviation
The Rotunda Conversion
Dates built: 2005-08
Design: Glenn Howells Architects
photo © Nic Gaunt
West Midlands Building Designs
Recent Contemporary Architecture in Birmingham – architectural selection below:
Martineau Galleries Development
Design: Glenn Howells Architects ; Landscape Architects: Grant Associates
image courtesy of architects
Martineau Galleries Birmingham Development
Hammerson has submitted outline plans for the multi-million-pound regeneration of its 7.5-acre Martineau Galleries site in the heart of Birmingham, including a proposal to deliver 1,200 new homes.
Temporary Theatre for the Wolverhampton Grand
Design: Keith Williams Architects
rendering : Lichfield
Wolverhampton Grand Temporary Theatre Building
Keith Williams Architects’ proposals on an adjoining site currently occupied by a long redundant 1960s post office building, include a new adjoining studio form theatre, bars and public spaces beneath a lightweight steel framed sawtooth roof.
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