This project is a two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers by Architects of Invention that has the design concept is inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Architect: Architects of Invention
Location: Birmingham, UK
Team: Cominykas Daunys, Carlos Hurtado, Nikoloz Japaridze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Vano Ksnelashvili, Davit Tsanava
Consultants: HED, Engenuiti, DSA, GAP
Size: 38,500 sqm
Budget: £70 million
Project's description: The design concept - ‘Garden Hill’ - is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham’s growing, multicultural, student population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.
The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes ground floor retail onto High Street Bordesley.
Of the 500 residential units, 60% will be one beds (40-50m2) and 40% two beds (63- 75m2). The brief also specifies parking for 120-200 cars.
The 7500 m2 site is located in Digbeth, ten minutes walking distance from the City Centre. The renowned Custard Factory scheme sits nearby, home to a number of media companies, artists and small creative enterprises.