Graeme Massie triumphs in Birmingham Centenary Square contest
June 18 2015Birmingham’s Centenary Square following a competition organized by the RIBA.
Defined as a new ‘public room’ for the city the project seeks to impart a clear identity upon the space with a regular grid of slender columns defining the volume whilst also offering light ( and possibly sound).
Below this a white precast concrete surface has been specified alongside groves of Maple and Birch trees, a cherry orchard, reflecting pool and events space.
In a statement the practice said: “We are delighted to have won the competition for Centenary Square in Birmingham. The project presents a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of the city in developing high quality public buildings and spaces, such as the Library of Birmingham and Eastside City Park. Through working closely with Birmingham City Council, key stakeholders and the wider community we hope to deliver a public space which everyone in the city can be proud.”
The proposal follows a botched competition to redevelop Glasgow’s George Square which saw an ambitious John McAslan scheme dismissed in favour of temporary grey resin.
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