RIBA Competition: Centenary Square
Proposal inspired by the local cultural and historical, and site specific references to the City of Birmingham
This public realm regeneration competition was hosted by RIBA in 2015, the site, Centenary Square, is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
Our proposal was inspired by the local cultural and historical, and site specific references to the City of Birmingham. This design features a dynamic space that relates to these and will unify the public realm. These concepts are articulated through the paving pattern by taking this simple shape and placing it over key focal points; Hall of Memory, Library ‘Well’ and Symphony Hall entrance. The overlapping circles creates elegant ‘latticework’ unifying the space as one; the ‘Lattice’ is in reference to steel industry of Birmingham and new Library.
The aim of the design was to dissipate linear movement patterns and provide a variety of intimate spaces for relaxation to places for large scale events. The proposals would generate new linkages with surrounding open spaces whilst encouraging people into the central area of the square through innovative design create a series of ‘green living rooms’ which would also act as a wind buffer.
The proposal included the use of natural stone paving, bespoke kinetic benches, water features, interactive lighting, Fastigate Oak to create vertical form and broad canopied Tulip trees to provide autumn colour and interest.