Location: Birmingham, UK
Size: 35 Hectares
ACME (Kelvin Chu, Michael Haller, Friedrich Ludewig)
The proposed new Smithfield Quarter is rooted in the rich history of the site and makes reference to the historic street pattern and uses. Rather than creating a quarter reminiscent of the old Birmingham however, Smithfield will generate a new identity by interpreting its roots anew to carry them into the 21st century. At its core will be a diverse and multi cultural collection of functions and forms: Leisure, retail, office and residential will be interwoven around a new vibrant public heart. Smithfield will become a food quarter, its shops, restaurants and concessions embedded in a rich mix of streets, little squares and passageways. Parts of the new quarter will be designed as a leisure destination, linking up with the gay quarter and Chinatown to provide a host of bars, cafes, cinemas and public squares. Towards the south, Smithfield will include a new residential quarter, marked out by private green roof terraces and courtyards. Smithfield will be an architecturally rich quarter, with a combination of neighbourhood and landmark buildings, sustainably designed and with public art embedded within the urban fabric.