Proposal for a 500 unit residential

Proposal for a 500 unit residential development in Digbeth by Architects of Invention




Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Image © Architects of Invention

London-based practice Architects of Invention (AI) has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham’s Digbeth area.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Image © Architects of Invention

The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund PGC- Capital whose The Jewel Court, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Site

The design concept – ‘Garden Hill’ – is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham’s growing, multicultural population.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Diagram

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.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Diagram

The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Landscape

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.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Structure

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.

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Section

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. Source by Architects of Invention (AI).

Proposal for a 500 unit residential
Scheme Plans
  • Location: 175 High Street Bordesley, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK
  • Architect: Architects of Invention (AI)
  • Project Team: Dominykas Daunys, Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza, Nikoloz Japaridze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Vano Ksnelashvili, Davit Tsanava
  • Consultants: Engenuiti (Structure), DSA engineers, HED (Landscape), GAP (Interiors), Alpha Omega, FUTIQUE Developers
  • Client: PGC Capital (China)
  • Structure: Combined CLT & Concrete
  • Programme: 40m2 & 60m2 residential units, co-working, co-living communal shared spaces, retail, car park
  • Status: Concept Proposal
  • Size: 38 500 m2
  • Budget: £70 mil
  • Stories: 25
  • Year: 2017
  • Images: Courtesy of Architects of Invention (AI)

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