Birmingham, the second-largest city in England is often overlooked even though it has some of the best things to see and do which include, the home to Lord of The Rings, Cadburys Factory and the Industrial Revolution.
Most of the city’s architecture is relatively new, and expansion over the last 10 years has allowed some much-needed development to take place and that included some innovative suggestions including the first blobitecture to happen in the shape of the Selfridges building. It is also home to some iconic traditional buildings such as the Custard factory, Cadburys World and Birmingham University (including the Tower inspo in Lord of the Rings).
One of the most iconic buildings in Birmingham (which has put it on the Architectural map) is the Selfridges building with its blobitecture with *THOSE* iconic round circles.
2 BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY
The Library of Birmingham is one of the most recent iconic buildings to define the city. With its striking circular facade, impressive interior and the largest library in Europe, its no wonder it is one of the best sites to see outside of London.
3) CUSTARD FACTORY
An independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Deritend Birmingham, England. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory.
4) LORD OF THE RINGS TOWER/BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY
The Tower at the University was the inspiration for the Twin Towers in the JRR Tolkien books. The tower is still standing and has been for some time.
A recent development comprising of shops and restaurants. This was the former site of the post office hence the name.
6) GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Designed by a Spanish architect, the grand central station replaces the old new street station. The revamp includes new eateries and shops.
7) BIRMINGHAM CATHEDRAL
Set in pigeon park, the cathedral is a monument to behold. People gather to sit in the park and centre themselves around the cathedral.
8) TOWN HALL
Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert hall and venue for popular assemblies opened in 1834 and situated in Victoria Square.
9) THE CUBE
A 25 storey mixed-use development in the centre of Birmingham, England. It contains 135 flats, offices, shops, a hotel and a ‘skyline’ restaurant.
10) GAS STREET BASIN
Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, England, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line.
11) MILLENIUM POINT
Millennium Point is a multi-use meeting complex in Birmingham. The building is constructed mainly as a cuboid, with a cylindrical offshoot holding the cinema. This annexe glows different colours at night.
12) WINTERBOURNE HOUSE
Winterbourne Botanic Garden is the botanic garden of the University of Birmingham. Set in 7 acres, it is notable as a rare surviving example of an early 20th-century high-status suburban “villa” garden.
13) SELLY MANOR
Selly Manor is a timber-framed building in Bournville, that was moved to its current site in 1916 by the chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist George Cadbury.
14) ASTON HALL
Aston Hall is a magnificent seventeenth-century red-brick mansion situated in a public park on the north side of Birmingham.
15) VICTORIAN LAW COURTS
The Victoria Law Courts is a Grade I listed red brick and terracotta building. The interior, including the Great Hall, is faced with sandy-yellow terracotta and intricate ornamentation.
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