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Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna: Himmelsfalter

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Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna

Building on Weyringergasse, Wien, Austria – design by X ARCHITEKTEN

23 Sep 2017

Skyscaper Balcony Project, Vienna


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Location: Weyringergasse, Vienna, Austria

Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna


The Viennese district Wieden with its historic character and proximity to the city centre is the perfect place to live for the Austrian-Italian family. The only downside is the lack of personal outdoor space, a scarce commodity in this densely populated Wilhelminian city. Therefore, a new balcony is to complement the family’s living space with a small herb and vegetable garden as well as a dining table to enjoy mealtimes outside.

Himmelsfalter Wien


The small existing balcony facing the courtyard is to be extended (step 1) as it is not possible to build a balcony on the historic facade facing the street. The family would like to enjoy the largest possible balcony but is confronted with the limited possibilities within the courtyard.


The maximum extension has been discussed with the neighbours and the resulting design is a trapezoidal layout. (Step 2), “Form Follows Limits“.

Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna Himmelsfalter


With regards to the garden, the family envisages a continuous planting area along the railings (step 3). The plant troughs’ conical shape offers enough space for the plants to grow and sufficient depth for their roots.


The precise folding of the balcony’s outside perfectly addresses the limiting legal and spacial parameters and therefore offers the best possible insertion into the courtyard. An indentation into the geometry ensures the required exposure to natural light for the living-room window of the apartment below (step 4). On the opposite side, a fold towards the balcony’s inside makes sure that there is a big enough gap to the window of the stairwell (step 5). The strict guidelines help to create interesting forms and effects to make this balcony individual.


A topography of differently inclined partial surfaces are created through the surfaces’ mirroring (step 6) and their triangulation (step 7). The differently inclined mirrors configure their surroundings as never previously perceived. The light reflecting balcony experiments with our perception and is full of positive effects. The reflections expand the courtyard’s limited space by the size of its own mirror image. The polished surface of the stainless steel creates a special depth effect. The courtyard now has richer views towards the sky and rays of sunshine which are led all the way down into the courtyard as the light fragments.

This camouflage results in a private retreat which only gives away the shape of the balcony on closer inspection. The balcony’s timber boards on the inside provide a contrast to the mirrored and abstract outside. Removable plant troughs, integrated into the cladding, offer space for plenty of vegetation, adding to the balcony’s privacy.

Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna

Technical implementation:

The structural system is a steel-wood construction. The integration of the main beams into the brick work of the existing house is completed by two cantilevers, which are each connected to a rigid beam, installed and vertically anchored into the wall. Most building parts had to be made smaller to be transported manually as there is no vehicular access to the courtyard. The stainless steel cladding is cut on site with the help of wooden templates to achieve utmost precision. The mirrored sheet-metal triangles are stuck to the supporting construction and additionally secured by rivets on selective points. The plant troughs inserted along the railings can be lifted out with the help of a specially-built crane device able to swivel and fold away, making it possible for the plants to survive in winter. The balcony’s interior is a flat-roof construction implemented with the required fire-resistant cladding and thermal insulation. The plant troughs’ incoming rain and waste water is led into the existing downpipe through a covered gutter. The wooden cladding on the balcony’s inside consists of thermally-treated ash boards.

Skyscaper Balcony Project in Vienna – Building Information

Location: Weyringergasse, 1040 Wien
Client: Private
Planning: X ARCHITEKTEN & Kopp Restauratoren
Engineering: Georg Walder
Steelworks: Fikret und Feriz Nakicevic, Metalltechnik

Construction data:
Floor space: 12 m² + Planting area

Planning data:
Direct order 2014
Completion 2017

Pictures: Hans Leitner

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X ARCHITEKTEN Staatlich befugte und beeidete Ziviltechniker

Linz, Austria Industriezeile 36/4, A-4020 Linz

Vienna, Austria Stumpergasse 65, 1060 Wien www

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections

Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao: Biscay Building by Frank Gehry architect: Arquitectura España

23 Sep 2017

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the citizens

Reflections, the extraordinary mapping event on Frank Gehry’s building will include references to some of the most iconic artworks in the Museum Collection

From 11–14 October, the shimmering exterior surfaces of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will be transformed into a unique, sensory experience in Reflections, a spectacular projection mapping commission by 59 Productions, to celebrate the museum’s 20th Anniversary with the citizens.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections 2017
visualisation from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

A 20-minute show – combining music, light and projection – sponsored by the City of Bilbao, the Provincial Council of Biscay, and Iberdrola, Reflections will be played on a loop across four evenings, and is anticipated to draw in crowds of more than 200,000 spectators as one of the major events of the Museum’s celebration year.

Some of the most iconic artworks that surround the Museum building will have a hand in the transformations. The metalwork will become reflective and spherized like Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Tall Tree and The Eye; Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider Maman will send its huge shadow skittering across the building; and Jeff Koons’ flower-covered Puppy will propagate flowers that will bloom across the building’s surfaces.

Artist Jeff Koons said: “I think a show like Reflections, which will dramatically transform the iconic building of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with hundreds of textures, colors, and stories, is definitely something to see. It is really enjoyable for me to see my work covering the entire Museum; I think it works as a mutual homage of sorts.”

Using cutting-edge technology, Reflections will turn the north-facing facades of the Museum into a canvas for bespoke animations, celebrating two decades of cultural transformation in Bilbao. Audiences will witness the genesis of the building, represented in Gehry’s now-iconic continuous-line sketch, and watch the (then) cutting-edge Catia computer modelling process devised for designing aeroplanes calculate the impossible curves and variations for the titanium cladding.

23 Jun 2017

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections – 20th Anniversary

Date built: 1997

Architect: Frank Gehry

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao announces an extraordinary event in October to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with the people of Bilbao

A spectacular public event has been announced by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its opening. Reflections will be an open, free-admission event made possible thanks to the collaboration of the City of Bilbao, the Provincial Council of Biscay, and Ibedrola.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections 2017
visualisation from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Designed specifically for the occasion, Reflections — a large-scale projection mapping event — has been conceived as a unique, sensory experience for both locals and visitors alike. This will be the final event of the celebration year, which is being marked by a special art programme and numerous cultural activities.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections 2017
visualisation from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

From 11-14 October, Frank Gehry’s iconic building will be turned into an impressive public artistic intervention by Tony Award-winning video artists, 59 Productions. The Museum will see its distinctive titanium curves and soaring glass atrium used as a vast canvas for a bespoke projection-mapping event for more than 200,000 spectators, free of charge.

A visualisation of Reflections:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reflections
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 20th Anniversary Celebration by 59 Productions.

“The randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light”, Frank Gehry on Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Using cutting-edge technology, the 20-minute animated artwork will be set to an original score and will trace two decades of history and creativity in Bilbao. Inspired by this rich history alongside Gehry’s visionary design and lifelong preoccupation with light, texture and movement, the projections will transform his shimmering architectural masterwork and bring art to life in an unmissable iridescent celebration of the people and city of Bilbao.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photograph from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Reflections is the latest work from the multi award-winners 59 Productions, the team behind the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Building on a decade of experience making theatrical work for some of the world’s greatest venues – including the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London, New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Salzburg Festival – the Company has more recently become renowned for creating spectacular public artworks, projection-mapping some of the world’s most iconic buildings including the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photograph from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Leo Warner, Director and founder of 59 Productions, said: “This extraordinary commission – to celebrate the building and the institution which played such a significant part in transforming the great city of Bilbao is without doubt one of our most exciting to date. Gehry’s iconic building presents technical challenges and creative opportunities we’ve never faced before when creating a projected artwork. We will be using sound, music, light and projection to create a unique piece of theatre in which the building itself is the hero character”.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photograph from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, said: “It was very important for us to conceive an exceptional event to celebrate the Anniversary and share it with the people that are closer to us: the citizens that we have so much to thank for. By working together, an extraordinary transformation has been possible in Bilbao, which will convey the message to the world about of how art changes everything. Although we cannot at this moment reveal more details about this event, Reflections will be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime show.”

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photo from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 20th Anniversary

Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao – 20th Anniversary

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 20th Anniversary – excerpts below

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents special programme of events for its 20th Anniversary celebration

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is proud to announce a special programme of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photograph from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

The Museum will host a series of special activities and standout exhibitions to commemorate and consolidate the institution’s leading position in the international art scene and its commitment to local communities and the artistic heritage of Bilbao. Twelve months of special programming will culminate in a major celebration of events in October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the opening, with details to be announced.

The Anniversary will be commemorated in all the Museum’s activities from October 2016 through October 2017 under the concept “Art Changes Everything,” a slogan inspired both by the major changes that the city of Bilbao and its residents have lived since the Museum opened, and the transformational capacity of art.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
photograph from Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

The full anniversary exhibition programme

• Fiona Tan: Disorient, 22 December 2016 – 19 March 2017
• Abstract Expressionism, 3 February – 4 June 2017
• Pello Irazu: A Retrospective, 10 March – 25 June
• Pierre Huyghe: (Untitled) Human Mask, 30 March – 25 June 2017
• Paris, fin de siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulous-Lautrec, and their Contemporaries, 12 May – 10 September 2017
• Bill Viola: A Retrospective, 30 June – 5 November 2017
• Georg Baselitz. Heroes, 14 July – 22 October 2017
• Ken Jacobs: The Guests, 27 July – 19 November 2017
• Anni Albers: Touching Vision, 30 September 2017 – 14 January 2018
• David Hockney, 10 November 2017 – 25 February 2018
• Amie Siegel: Winter, 30 November 2017 – 4 March 2018
• Art and Space, 1 December 2017 – 8 April 2018

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain photo © 2008 Gehry Partners LLP

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Architect: Frank Gehry

Address: Av Abandoibarra, 2, 48009 Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain

Phone: +34 944 35 90 00

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Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver, Building Interior British Columbia, Cafe Architecture

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Contemporary Cafe Building Interior BC, Canada – design by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Sep 22, 2017

Cha Le Tea Cafe in Vancouver

Design: Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Location: 1207 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, southern British Columbia, Canada

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Cha Le Teahouse provides a modernist interpretation of the traditional Chinese tea ritual. The space is defined by a minimalist character that relies on an interplay of geometry and material uniformity. A meticulously coordinated plywood matrix operates as an ordering system for the casework and retail display – this motif is replicated throughout the space to create a sense of rhythm, depth and shadow.

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

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This uniform material backdrop lends visual calm and abstract serenity to the immersive sensual experience of drinking tea.

The focus on wood is economical, and alludes to the sensitivity to materiality that is significant to traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, and often expressed through humble materials. The sculptural mass and quality of the ‘tea bar’ creates and shapes the space around it, finding inspiration in the Modernist sculptures of Donald Judd, in which materials such as plywood are distilled into their reductionist forms.

Cha Le Teahouse makes use of a restrained quantity and minimal tonal qualities in the materials used, expressed through a uniformity in the material palette. Whereas the ordering structure of the space may be described as rigid and orthogonal, the architect intentionally softened perceptual hard edges by choosing a warm, light palette that adds a sense of intimacy to the overall experience of the space.

The teahouse adopts a warm and subdued sense of lighting throughout the space. Embedded within the grid, the LED light panels hover in a mysterious manner, blurring over the crisp lines of the grid. Natural light is allowed to filter in through the shop-front, connecting the teahouse to the street-level patio. Materiality is central to the tea ceremony – beyond the sensual qualities of the tea, the ‘interplay’ between natural elements in the space and objects of the ceremony equally inform the experience.

The ceremony of exchange, and the concentration ofawareness towards posture and gesture is articulated through simple objects. The senses are heightened by focusing on a single material, revealing the variations and unique qualities that are inherent to items of ritual. The design for Cha Le Teahouse interprets this attentiveness by elevating modest, ubiquitous construction materialsto allow for architectural clarity and refinement.

Norman Copenhagen Form Barstool 65 cm in white/oak
Norman Copenhagen Form Chair in white/oak

B/BB Baltic birch plywood, clear matte lacquer finish
‘Tea Bar’ counter in Cosentino Silestone Daria solid surfacing
Work surfaces in solid birch butcher block

Michael Leckie, PrincipalArchitect AIBC, M.Arch, B.ScL 3685Cha Le Teahouse

Location / Vancouver, BC
Project Type / Restaurant Interior
Size / 674 sf
Completion / January 2017

Photography / Ema Peter
Branding / Glasfurd & Walker

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Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

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Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Contemporary Family Dwelling, WA, USA – design by SkB Architects

Sep 22, 2017

Modern Oasis – New House in Medina

Design: SkB Architects

Location: Medina, Eastside, King County, Washington, USA

Contemporary Medina House

Photographs by Lara Swimmer and Mark Woods.

The clients discovered this house, which was built in the early 1990s, while looking for a place in which to raise their family.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

They were drawn to the site’s natural landscape and its western views to Lake Washington. The original 3,800-square-foot house was an unusually austere interpretation of minimalist modern architecture—dark and inwardly focused.

The updated design evokes a gallery-like aesthetic, with the interiors spotlighting the owner’s art collection and substituting light filled interior for what was previously dark. The focal point for the home is the primary living space which opens the house to the site, extending from the front of the house to the back and out to the pool.

Inside, white walls contrast with dark wood and steel floors. The original sunken living room was preserved as a nod to the past and to serve as a cozy sitting area.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

A beeswax-coated wall conceals the stair and creates a nuanced backdrop for art while helping to anchor the central gathering space.

The kitchen was opened up to more directly connect it to adjacent living spaces and includes the addition of a floating island. A wall of glass opposite the island directs focus to the outdoors and towards the breakfast/family area.

A new pantry, powder room, and laundry area were added off of the kitchen. From the buckshot flooring to the granite countertops, the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic materials creates an atmosphere of minimalist elegance and a celebration of natural materials. The remodel also included a renovation of the master suite.

All windows, roofing, and finishes were updated during the remodel. Indoor/outdoor connections were reinforced by inserting large, fixed windows into the main level windows to emphasize axes through the house and to orient views to key focal points in the landscape.

Concealed doors were installed next to the windows creating access to key areas of the yard, while limiting visual intrusions into the otherwise abstracted space.

On the exterior, existing architectural forms were abstracted by removing embellishments and refinishing the house in white stucco resulting in a simple modernist composition.

SkB Architects design team
Kyle Gaffney, co-principal designer
Shannon Gaffney, co-principal designer

Project credits
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Dovetail General Contractors (contractor)
Allworth Design (landscape architects)

Specialty fabricators/materials
Susan Zoccola (beeswax feature wall); LV Wood Floors (oak flooring, espresso); Pental (Chroma Quartz countertops); Tuva (carpet); Delta Light (Light Boxy lights); Maya Romanoff (Cosmic Celadon wall coverings)

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Arena Central in Birmingham

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Arena Central

Mixed-Use West Midlands Development, England, UK – design by Make Architects

21 Sep 2017

3 Arena Central in Birmingham

Design: Make Architects

3 Arena Central Building in Birmingham

Tenant announcement set to kick off development at 3 Arena Central

The Cabinet Office has today announced that they will be taking a long-term lease at Make’s third building designed for the Arena Central development in Birmingham.

The 239,000ft2 office building was granted planning consent in December 2016 and was shortlisted as a potential new home for a number of government departments as part of the government’s drive to modernise and improve the efficiency of its estate.

3 Arena Central Building in Birmingham

3 Arena Central is located at the heart of Make’s masterplan for the development, which is being delivered by Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL), a joint venture led by Miller Developments.
The building is situated behind the listed former Midland Bank at 301 Broad Street and is fronting a new public square. At 14 storeys, 3 Arena Central’s geometric, punched metal cladding will be visible from Centenary Square and Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham while forming a focal point within the masterplan.

Architect Joanna Pilsniak said: “From the outset, the Arena Central masterplan was all about fulfilling the civic potential of this site – opposite Centenary Square with its stunning new library and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and International Convention Centre – as well as delivering the very best in commercial office space to provide for the future of the city. So, with HSBC due to move in next year to 1 Centenary Square and planning consent granted for 1 Arena Central it’s fantastic that this building will soon come to fruition too, especially as it will help bound the new Bank Court public realm.

“Congratulations to all at Arena Central Developments for securing this high profile tenant.”
Andrew Sutherland, ACDL, said: “The team at Make has done an exceptional job in designing the highly desirable, contemporary buildings that form the core of Arena Central. The work that has gone into both 3 Arena Central and 1 Centenary Square, from which HSBC will operate its ring-fenced banking division, is outstanding and they will make a great addition to Birmingham’s burgeoning skyline.”

The development of 3 Arena Central will trigger the development of much of Arena Central’s public realm and landscaping. The building will open on to Bank Court – a new formal square which will be the centrepiece of the site, bounded by 1 Arena Central, 301 Broad Street, 1 Centenary Square and 3 Arena Central.

A double height colonnade along three sides of the building provides a direct link between Bank Court and a second more informal landscaped space, called The Terrace, which will step down the slope of the site towards The Mailbox and link to the Serpentine Path winding through the whole length of the site. Along the northern face the colonnade will reinforce a pedestrian route from Richard Seifert’s listed Alpha Tower through to the canal.

Arena Central is a £500 million scheme on a 9.2-acre site in the heart of Birmingham. Make has masterplanned the full site and designed three major buildings so far, including its gateway structure 1 Arena Central, a mixed use development on Centenary Square with office, retail and restaurant space, and 1 Centenary Square (formerly 2 Arena Central), Birmingham’s first building with LEED Gold accreditation, which, in 2018, is due to become the headquarters of HSBC’s new ringfenced retail banking division.

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13 Aug 2014

Arena Central in Birmingham

Architects: Make

Birmingham City Council gives green light to first Arena Central building

Birmingham City Council has granted detailed planning consent for the development of the first commercial building at Arena Central.

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Fronting Broad Street and sitting opposite Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central – which is set to be the first speculatively developed new office building in Birmingham City Centre since the start of the latest property cycle – will provide 140,000 sq ft of accommodation across eight floors including 135,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, with typical floorplates of 21,000 sq ft. The building will also offer 5,000 sq ft of retail units on the ground floor and 68 car parking spaces in a secure basement environment.

1 Arena Central is the first step in the masterplan for the 9.2 acre mixed-use site, which is being delivered by Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL). Outline planning permission is already in place for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use space, including 860,000sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, over 200,000 sq ft of residential units, 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 1.2 million sq ft of retail and leisure units.

Jonathan Wallis, ACDL, said: “With reserved matters planning consent now secured, we are poised to begin the first phase of development at Arena Central in earnest and 1 Arena Central could be available to occupiers in mid 2016, ahead of the competition. Our location provides an outstanding advantage to occupiers in terms of the availability of amenities and access to transport links, with a stop on the new Midland Metro tram due to be delivered adjacent to the building’s main entrance.

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“The development of 1 Arena Central is the first step towards the realisation of our vision for a truly mixed-use, office-led destination in the heart of the city centre. In Arena Central, we are looking to provide a high quality location that will continue to build on Birmingham’s burgeoning reputation as an attractive destination for blue chip occupiers.”

Designed by Make, 1 Arena Central features a curved façade with a contemporary chequerboard motif, designed to encourage pedestrian traffic onto the site and forming an extension to Broad Street. The building also features 2,500 sq ft of open balconies on the top floor, providing views across Centenary Square and back towards the Mailbox and Cube.

Frances Gannon, Make partner said: “We are really pleased to have received planning consent and are now able to move forward with this exciting development. The bold building design paired with the generous park landscape will create a striking new place in the heart of the city.”

Martin Guest, CBRE, said: “The recent absorption of 100,000 sq ft of stock at Two Snowhill is only exacerbating the current dearth of high quality stock in the city. The city needs deliverable opportunities such as this in order to meet the rising demand for high quality office stock from blue chip corporate occupiers such as Deutsche Bank.”

A joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital, Arena Central is framed by Broad Street, Holliday Street, Bridge Street and Suffolk Street Queensway and lies at the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre Enterprise Zone, benefitting from simplified planning and reduced business rates as well as forming a significant part of the city’s vision for regeneration, as laid out in the Big City Plan.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, at Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is attracting considerable interest from arange of high quality international occupiers, keen to relocate or expand their businesses. Office-led developments, such as Arena Central will go a long way tosecuring further investments of this kind and continue to raise the standard of office accommodation in the city, as well as creating job opportunities.”

Alongside 1 Arena Central, the planning committee also approved the development’s infrastructure works and a modification to the site’s much anticipated public realm, which will form the first element of Arena Central’s phased delivery programme.

Running from the north to the south side of the site, the public realm has been designed as an urban meadow in a style that mirrors other statement public spaces, such as the High Line in New York, and includes some 40 per cent soft landscaping.

Arena Central is currently home to a number of redundant buildings including the former Carlton Television studios, and a leisure club, with a multi storey car park having already been demolished.

Clearance work on the site is already underway with further demolition of the remaining buildings due to commence shortly and work on 1 Arena Central and the new public realm set to start in early 2015.

About Arena Central
Arena Central is a joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital, comprising a circa £400m development with existing outline planning permission for up to 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use development, comprising offices, hotel, residential, leisure and retail space, car parking and a public square forming the centrepiece of the development. Existing buildings on the site include Alpha Tower and the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The vision for Arena Central is to create a number of ‘oven-ready’ development plots, all of which will be set within an inspirational public realm with a uniquely landscaped pedestrian walkway – designed to echo the urban styles of New York’s High Line, the Promenade Plantee in Paris and London’s own Olympic Park – running through the heart of the scheme.

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