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'ARCH'ive - Gun Quarter, Birmingham

Designed as a mixed-use archive for collections of work by the late Brutalist architect John Madin, famous for the inverted ziggurat form of the Birmingham Central Library, the building plays with a concept of solidity and protection.

 

It is dominated by stong slate ribbons that run up and across the building which act like castellations to a castle, creating a feeling of security that is strengthened by the material reference to the surrounding industrial area. These ribbons extend in to the landscaped space in front of the building, creating a dynamic space adjacent to the canal.

 

These dominant features also allow for sheltered foyer and balcony spaces, creating inspiring spaces whilst also providing effective protection from solar gain.