Centenary Square, Birmingham, UK
Winner, RIBA International Competition, 2015
The redevelopment of Centenary Square provides a new civic space within the heart of Birmingham and a setting for some of the city’s most important public buildings and planned new development sites.
A grid of slender columns, providing light and event infrastructure, defines the square and urban volume. Below this grid lies a layered landscape with a granite paving surface, groves of Maple, Ginkgo, Cherry and Birch trees and a large ‘mirror pool’ water-feature.
The resultant space is one which has a clear identity; a backdrop to both communal events and personal experiences at all times of the year. It is both formal and informal; intimate and expansive.