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post updated 1 Mar 2020

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Birmingham Library Building, West Midlands
Design: Mecanoo
Birmingham Library Building
picture © Hayes Davidson
The Library of Birmingham will comprise of 10 levels, with nine above ground and a lower ground floor. It is being constructed using 21,000m³ of concrete in the frame, enough to fill more than eight Olympic sized swimming pools. The frame is reinforced by 3,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement, the equivalent weight of around 35,750 average UK men. 30,000m³ of material, enough to fill 60,000 bath tubs, had to be dug out of the basement. The building will feature a spacious entrance and foyer with mezzanine, the gateway to both the Library and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, to which the new Library will be physically connected.

Sainsbury Laboratory Building, Cambridge
Architects; Stanton Williams
Sainsbury Laboratory Building
image : Nigel Luckhurst
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Winner
The RIBA Stirling Prize judges said:
“The Sainsbury Laboratory is a timeless piece of architecture, sitting within a highly sensitive site, one overlooking the woods where Darwin walked with his tutor and mentor Henslow, discussing the origin of species. In this project Stanton Williams and their landscape architects have created a new landscape, a courtyard which flows out into the botanical gardens. The project is both highly particular and specialised, and at the same time a universal building type, taken to an extraordinary degree of sophistication and beauty.

Accordia Housing, Cambridge
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley with Maccreanor Lavington Architects + Alison Brooks Architects
Accordia Housing - English Buildings
photo © Adrian Welch
Accordia Living was designed by a team of award-winning architects including Feilden Clegg Bradley, Alison Brooks Architects and Macreanor Lavington Architects, the scheme is architecturally dynamic, innovative and unique which offers one of the most desirable and striking new build residential developments in the UK. Accordia Living is set in excess of eight acres of mature landscaping and has been designed with the focus of creating a close, cohesive community with green open spaces. The existing natural landscape combined with the 700 established trees onsite has dictated the design theme for Accordia Living – a layout themed around the idea of “living in a garden.”

The Cube Building, West Midlands
Architects: Make
The Cube Building
photograph © Make / Zander Olsen
The Cube is a new landmark destination building in a rapidly regenerating district of central Birmingham. It marks a key moment in Birmingham’s development: the first of a new phase of visionary buildings which will build on the work of Future System’s Selfridges building and pave the way for Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham and Foreign Office Architects’ New Street station. Comprising offices, parking, apartments, retail units, a hotel, spa, restaurant and “sky bar”, The Cube was conceived as a building which would never close. Moreover this complex structure is permeable and crafted to open up routes and views to emerging neighbouring districts.

English Building Designs

English Buildings – Birmingham area

Brindleyplace Buildings
image © Glen Howells Architects

Birmingham Magistrates Court
Birmingham Magistrates Court Building
image from DCM

Birmingham New Street Building
New Street Gateway Building
image from FOA

Bournville College Building
Bournville College Building
picture from CM

The Rotunda
The Rotunda - English Buildings
photograph © Nic Gaunt

Selfridges Birmingham
Selfridges Birmingham - English Buildings
photo from ALA

English Buildings – Cambridge

Cambridge School of Architecture
Cambridge School of Architecture
photograph : David Butler

Churchill College Building
Churchill College - English Buildings
photograph © AW

Darwin College Extension Building
Darwin College
picture © Adrian Welch

Downing College Buildings
Downing College - English Buildings
picture © Adrian Welch

Faculty of English Building
Faculty of English Building
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt

Faculty of History Cambridge
History Faculty Cambridge
picture © AW

Fitzwilliam Museum Building
Fitzwilliam Museum Building
photo © AW

Queens’ College Buildings
Queens' College Buildings
image © Adrian Welch

Robinson College Building
Robinson College Cambridge - English Buildings
photo © AW

St John’s College Buildings
St John's College Buildings
picture © Isabelle Lomholt

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