The Cube, completes stunning new landmark building designed by Make is located in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Like a jewellery box which can’t quite contain its contents, this courtyard erupts at the top with an angular, asymmetric ‘crown’. Unlike many residential developments, which offer a standard range of undifferentiated units, the ‘twisting’ geometry of the courtyard creates 35 different types of apartments which are far from uniform – ranging from high-level, three-bedroom duplexes to small ‘crash pads’. The openness, simplicity and flexibility of these units is manifested through sliding walls, recessed hold-open doors and light shelves.
Occupants open their front doors to face large picture windows offering views out across the city or central courtyard. A consistent palette of stone and glass is used throughout the kitchen and prefabricated bathrooms, designed by Make. Two circulation cores located on opposite sides of the building has allowed the developer to separate the two types of tenancy. One half of the building contains 151 ‘buy-to rent’ apartments – purchased primarily as investments; the other half contains 93 ‘buy-to-live’ units designed for owner-occupiers. Over half of the 244 apartments have been sold off-plan.