Project date: 2005-2010
Client: Birmingham Development Company Ltd
Status: Built
Area: 42,000m²/452,000ft²
Location: Birmingham, UK
Sectors: Hotels and resorts, Mixed use, Residential, Retail

The Cube is one of Make’s largest buildings to date, made up of a broad mix of uses including offices, apartments, retail units, restaurants, an automated car park, a boutique hotel, spa facilities and the city’s first rooftop restaurant.

The striking geometrical form of this 23-storey, £100 million building has remained unchanged from initial concept to completion. Its design makes reference to Birmingham’s industrial heritage, celebrating the contrasts between heavy industrial metal working and hand-crafted jewellery making.

The cladding of gold and bronze-coloured aluminium panels are combined with glass to create an intricate design on the building’s exterior. This is complemented by an elegant and decorative metallic fretwork screen across the open side of the courtyard. The proportion of glass-to-aluminium varies from facade to facade, with greater solidity on the southern elevations to limit solar gain.

The geometry and materials of the courtyard are an unexpected contrast to the exterior; glass panels twist upwards through the central courtyard, forming a dramatic full-height open atrium. This twisting geometry ‘explodes’ at the top to form the angular rooftop space which crowns the building.