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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

500 unit residential development in Birmingham, England by Architects of Invention

 
April 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architects of Invention 

London-based practice Architects of Invention (AI) has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham’s Digbeth area.

The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund PGC- Capital whose The Jewel Court, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.

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  • Architects: Architects of Invention
  • Project: 500 unit residential development
  • Location: 175 High Street Bordesley, Digbeth, Birmingham, England, UK
  • Client: PGC Capital (China)
  • Team: Dominykas Daunys, Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza, Nikoloz Japaridze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Vano Ksnelashvili, Davit Tsanava
  • Structure: Combined CLT & Concrete
  • Consultants: Engenuiti (Structure), DSA engineers, HED (Landscape), GAP (Interiors), Alpha Omega, FUTIQUE Developers
  • Budget: £70 mil
  • Size: 38 500 m²

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The design concept – ‘Garden Hill’ – is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham’s growing, multicultural population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.

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The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes ground floor retail onto High Street Bordesley.

Of the 500 residential units, 60% will be one beds (40-50m2) and 40% two beds (63- 75m2).  The brief also specifies  parking for 120-200 cars.

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The 7500 m2 site is located in Digbeth, ten minutes walking distance from the City Centre.  The renowned Custard Factory scheme sits nearby, home to a number of media companies, artists and small creative enterprises.

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