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Hidden Spaces: The University of Birmingham’s world-class architecture

The University of Birmingham is one of the citiy's greatest institutions and their expansive campus at Edgbaston holds more than a few hidden spaces

The University of Birmingham is one of the city's greatest institutions and their expansive campus at Edgbaston holds more than a few hidden spaces.

Last year we looked at the Barber Institute, an Art Deco gem that sits on the campus fringes. This year we’re digging deeper into the campus, to look at two spaces close to the heart of the University.

The Aston Webb Building, the C Block of which recently underwent a sensitive retro-fit by Associated Architects, is instantly recognisable, we could spend a whole publication talking about the incredible design by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell Architects.

The Great Hall that sits at the centre of the building, and at the spiritual heart of the University , is a breathtaking, palatial sight.

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The design instills a sense of greatness, at its time of completion it would have reminded any visitor, lecturer or student that this was a hallowed place of learning, a space where great discoveries were made and vital research undertaken.

Detail is key in this space, from the domed roof, decorated with the city’s coat of arms, which looms above you at 75ft (at the time it was frequently pointed out how this was larger than the Town Hall) down to the immaculate parquet flooring.

By Jack Tasker, Colmore Business District

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