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Green Light for Birmingham Cube

Birmingham City Council has given the green light to the next stage of Birminghams iconic renaissance. The Cube, designed by MAKE architects will be the second phase of the already popular Mailbox scheme in Birmingham city centre and is hoped to reaffirm Birminghams place on the architectural map of Europe.

MAKE architects had to fight off fierce competition when Mailbox invited architects from around the country to submit proposals for the canal side location to the rear of the Mailbox.

Entries varied from a 28 storey glass tower to a series of spiralling boxes. However, judges were won over by MAKEs 17 storey Cube due to its unique design but also the fact it maximised land use within the site and its interaction with its historically sensitive location.

The building will have the dimensions of a perfect cube in the way that it is as wide as it is tall. However, its interior will include a full height glass spiralling atrium allowing natural light to pour into all areas of the development. It will include office space, residential units, restaurants, retail space, a boutique hotel and a skyline restaurant offering 360 degree views of the city centre.

After being chosen as the winners The Cube was submitted to Birmingham City Council for planning permission and has recently been approved. Due to the scale of the development and the inevitable impact it will have on its surrounding, Birmingham City Council has followed their requirement and referred the application to the ODPM with the councils full backing. Consultation is now taking place with a decision expected early 2006 with work starting in spring.

Love it or hate it, The cube has been designed into what the architects hope will be a truly “iconic” building, a word which in recent years seems to be used to describe nearly every new building that flashes a little eccentricity from gherkin shapes to electric razors.

The jury is still out on whether or not it will be greeted by the public with admiration at its boldness or in disgust at its scale, The Cube is set to make a new grounds in building design and as is the case with all examples of modern architecture it will be hated by as many people who adore it.

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