Draw up a list of key projects that capture the spirit of Birmingham renaissance and you can't ignore Millennium Point - a unique blend of the past, present and future.
With its striking architecture, soaring public space and popular mix of science, technology, education and fun, it is a potent symbol of the next phase in Birmingham's economic and cultural renaissance, Eastside.
In many ways, Britain's biggest Millennium project outside London is hard to define.
It's a huge building containing visitor attractions - Thinktank, the Birmingham museum of science and discovery, and the IMAX? film theatre - but also a thriving university faculty - the Technology Innovation Centre - and the innovative University of the First Age and Young People's Parliament.
It's also a high-tech office environment, attracting high-profile tenants such as Marketing Birmingham and Nomadic Display, and it's an unusual new venue for corporate events ranging from employee seminars to product launches.
So every day, hundreds of visitors mingle with 2,000 students and 500 people who work on site.
According to interim chief executive Stewart Dobson, what lies behind the Millennium Point vision and binds all these strands together is the passionate belief that Birmingham's future prosperity depends as much today on the knowledge and application of science and technology as it did in the days when pioneers like Boulton and Watt were starting the city on the road to becoming the workshop of the world.
"Millennium Point is a project for the whole community and has something for everyone," Mr Dobson tells Business Property Review.
"It's where science comes to life, whether you are here as a visitor, a student or an employee."
As the flagship development in the Eastside regeneration project - creating a Learning Quarter - Millennium Point has surprised sceptics by attracting visitors and tenants during a launch period that coincided with the closure of key roads and pedestrian routes.
Now, with the imminent redevelopment of Masshouse, new traffic routes and the opening of designated walkways connecting Millennium Point with the central shopping and business districts, the whole project is set to reconnect with the city and help to attract millions of pounds of new development into Eastside.
"We are entering another exciting phase," says Mr Dobson. "As well as the improvements taking place around us, we are bidding for funding to enhance parts of the building and further improve the visitor experience."