The Cube, Birmingham – Still Smart Five Years On…
Birmingham’s iconic landmark, The Cube is a world-class destination standing tall across the city’s skyline. The outstanding 25-floor structure houses an impressive mix of office, retail and restaurant spaces, bespoke apartments, a boutique hotel, exclusive canal side restaurants, skyline champagne bar, luxury spa facilities, and the UK’s largest automated car park.
Birmingham born, award-winning architect, Ken Shuttleworth was chosen to create a truly outstanding building to marry the city’s industrial heritage with a vision of the future. Taking inspiration from Birmingham’s jewellery making tradition, he has designed what he describes as ‘an enchanting jewellery box’ rich with light and precious metal tones. The Cube’s unique style of intricate gold and bronze geometric shapes cover the exterior and glisten across the city. With Ken’s involvement in previous schemes including London’s 30 St Mary Axe building, commonly known as ‘The Gherkin’ and Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport The Cube makes another striking addition to a world class portfolio.
Inside the building’s central courtyard atrium area is an exclusive installation by HMS Decorative Surfacing. The multi-toned blue-green sphere of of Resin Bound paving comprises various shades of recycled glass and decorative aggregates bound by a UV stable clear binder. The steel framework used as a template for the piece was commissioned from Morris Fabrications, and together creates the individual piece of artwork which still looks as sharp now as it did when it was first installed. Please see our Decra™Set page for further information on this process.