And so the winner has been announced, and here is the entry that has been chosen as the future of Centenary Square, Birmingham’s biggest public piazza that occupies the space between Broad Street and Birmingham Library and Rep.
The competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute, received almost 200 entries from architects and designers around the world. The winning scheme, from the Edinburgh-based practice Graeme Massie architects, was chosen from a shortlist of just 5 entries by a judging panel that included Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward.
Known as the Hall of Columns, the future Centenary Square will incorporate trees, seating and water along with a “ceiling of lights” visible not just from the square at street level, but from the terrace of the library and the higher floors of surrounding buildings.
Image: Graeme Massie Architects