Article - 1558 - Birminghams Beorma Tower Gets The Horne: "he designs for an ashamedly blocky 30 floor tower by Trevor Horne Architects could be the next tall building proposal for Birmingham.
The scheme by Sahlia Investments occupies a 0.77 hectare site between Digbeth, Well Lane, Park Street and Allison Street literally over the road from the famously organic Selfridges store that has put Birmingham on the map of modern architecture.
If built it will contain offices, a hotel and basement parking in a new urban quarter that will ring a revamped public area at Orwell Place.
The architects claim their scheme was inspired by the Satellite City Towers of Pritzker Prize winning architect, Luis Barragán although the complex geometric form of the scheme and the airy glass cladding certainly flies in the face of Barragán's soaring forms and strong use of Mexican colours.
The blockiness is designed as a deliberate visual counterpoint to the curvaceousness of Selfridges although it rejects a traditional straight up tower shape for something with slipped elements and projecting sections that are suspended in mid-air out creating a more complicated form.
At ground level the existing site is a challenging one to develop as it contains several listed buildings. The architects have come up with a solution for this that will see them retained with their facades worked into the proposals creating a variety of old and new"
BEORMA - Google Search: "Birmingham' roughly means 'The home of the tribe or people of Beorma'."