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Spiral Café, Birmingham, United Kingdom 
Monday 18 Jul 2005
 
Spiral Café completed 
 
 
 
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Marks Barfield’s competition winning design for client Hammerson PLC combines art and commerce to bring life lingering space to a public square in the multi-million-pound Bullring development by the Birmingham Alliance. The building form is inspired by the 13th century mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci who identified natural patterns of growth found throughout the universe, from the shapes of shells and pines cones to fractal patterns within galaxies. The shape of the café was derived from extruding a spiral along a tilting axis to form a simple curved enclosure. Like a shell the exterior of the café is rough, rugged and durable, whereas the inside is smooth and precious.

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Status Completed
Value 1(m€)
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Marks Barfield Architects
www.marksbarfield.com

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