The development of "the Cube" marked the final phase to the renowned luxury development, The Mailbox.
The building, valued at over £100 million, was designed by internationally renowned architects MAKE. Their design team, led by Ken Shuttleworth, (formerly of Foster and Partners), created a 17-storey cube aimed at providing a spectacular contrast to the increasing number of towers appearing on the Birmingham cityscape.
Inside, the Cube features a stunning open atrium that twists as it climbs the height of the 450,000sq ft building. Lined with coloured glass and with an exterior clad in shimmering metallic fretwork, the concept has visible links to Birmingham's heritage in engineering and jewellery manufacture.
The mixed-use building includes the city's first rooftop restaurant with panoramic views whilst a boutique hotel and residential apartments below feature internal views over the twisting atrium. Further down are high specification Grade A office space and more exclusive retail and waterside restaurants at the base.
The building is located between The Mailbox cafebars and restaurants, Washington Wharf apartments, Commercial Street and the Birmingham Worcester canal. A new 24-hour entrance to The Mailbox development has been situated here and as such, the building provides new city linkages from the Attwood Green area to the convention quarter and the city beyond.
Transforming what was a predominantly derelict site adjacent to The Mailbox The Cube has encouraged new investment into this area of the city, much as The Mailbox triggered a myriad of residential developments in and around the area after opening in late 2000.
Find out more at www.thecube.co.uk.
Last Updated : 4th December 2013