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Birmingham Post Hidden Spaces photography to go on display at Curzon Street Station

Stunning selection of photographs will reveal some of our many hidden architectural gems, which are often hidden away behind closed doors

The BT Tunnels underneath Birmingham.
The BT Tunnels underneath Birmingham.

A series of Birmingham Post articles revealing the untold stories of the city's most recognisable buildings is to be turned into a photography exhibition.

'Hidden Spaces' aims to showcase some of the city's most inspiring and unusual buildings and tell the story of the people who built, lived and worked in them.

The stunning selection of photographs will reveal some of our many hidden architectural gems which are often hidden away behind closed doors.

It is being organised by Mailbox-based Associated Architects, which worked with the Post to compile the features, and will be based at the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station.

The building, which itself features in the display, was built in the early 1830s as the counterpart to London's Euston Arch which was controversially demolished in the 1960s.

The landmark, opposite Millennium Point, has remained vacant for years but is now at the heart of the Eastside redevelopment plans, central to the plans for the HS2 station.

 

The fascinating spaces featured in the exhibition range from sprawling, underground Cold-War era tunnels to the grandeur of the Chamberlain Clock Tower at the Council House.

Associated Architects has also commissioned a short film for the exhibition that captures a different perspective of the spaces. The practice teamed up with Birmingham City University school of Architecture’s Co.LAB initiative to design and build the exhibition fit-out.

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces first appeared in 2013, as two supplements in the Post, in which Associated Architects director Matthew Goer took a rare glimpse behind the façades of some of Birmingham's best-known buildings. The feature was also shortlisted for Best Supplement in the Midlands Media Awards 2014.

Steve Townsend, architect at Associated Architects and curator of the exhibition, said: "Birmingham's Hidden Spaces is a celebration of the city's rich and diverse architectural heritage.

"It aims to show a different side to the places we may pass every day.

The front page of the first Hidden Spaces supplement from December 2013
The front page of the first Hidden Spaces supplement from December 2013
 

"Birmingham, like any great city, is full of layers of history and we want to peel them back to show how Birmingham has grown into the modern, vibrant city of today.

"An inevitability of the modern city is that the demands on its buildings will change and will be adapted or become redundant of their former purpose.

"Our aim is to capture and document these spaces as they exist today, whether in full use or abandoned, and share them for all to enjoy."

The exhibition forms part of a busy programme of activity for the annual Love Architecture festival, which aims to engage the public and reveal what makes great architecture, old and new.

 

The 10-day festival features a range of other events including behind-the-scenes tours of some of the city's well-known buildings, a clay modelling workshop in Oozells Square and a pub trail with Birmingham Post columnist and architect Joe Holyoak.

Matthew Dobson, regional chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects, said: "This is a great year for the RIBA Love Architecture festival in the city and the wider West Midlands.

"Alongside the fantastic Hidden Spaces exhibition, we have events ranging from hands-on workshops to private tours, all demonstrating the breadth and creativity of the West Midlands architectural community."

Entrance to the exhibition is free and will be open daily from Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 29 from 10am-3pm.

• Further information can be found at www.hidden-spaces.co.uk. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #hiddenspaces.

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