504 Bristol Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham
A new build scheme consisting of offices, retail and multilevel prestigious student accommodation of 70 self-contained studios with common areas, a lift, laundry room and much need outside social space.
The design for this scheme was very much exciting. The challenge we had faced was to provide a building of an architectural merit that is equal to the existing Victorian building occupied the site.
The results are very much exciting and contextual. The site located within the heart of Selly Oak and on the High Street, Birmingham contains a very rich historical references and activities, which are not apparent from the immediate context when visiting the area.
The name of Selly Oak derived from the Witch named Sarah and the Oak tree which no longer in existence. The conical form turning the corner was inspired by vessel building which happened near the site.
The inverted and skewed brickwork and window detailing derived from an inverted traditional Victorian bay window. The layering also took a strong cue from the Victorian layering and articulation of façade treatment with vertical and horizontal alignments.
The result is incredible and a great example of how to achieve a building of an architectural merit. The project was shortlisted for the Architectural Review 2015 future project of the year award, highest and most prestigious awards in the industry for up-and-coming future architects making an international impact. We are very much proud of our passion and drive to achieve the highest quality of contextual architecture within the West Midlands.