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22 glistening photos of Birmingham's modern architecture

See the city's newest buildings at their very best

Birmingham's skyline has been transformed in recent years. Since 2000, the city's seen an invasion of sparkling skyscrapers, space-age architecture and camera-friendly design. From Millennium Point to The Cube, we've rounded up some of our favourite photos of the city's newest landmarks. 

Selfridges at the Bullring
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Selfridges at the Bullring

Selfridges at the Bullring is covered in 15,000 spun aluminium disks.


Photo: ozz13x

The Cube
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The Cube

Architect, Ken Shuttleworth took inspiration from Birmingham's jewellery-making history, to design the Cube. 


Photo: Nigel Swales

Reflection of the Library of Birmingham
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Reflection of the Library of Birmingham

The library was described as a 'people's palace by architect Francine Houben.

Photo: Simon Felton

Shoppers reflected in the Bullring ceiling
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Shoppers reflected in the Bullring ceiling

It took 15,500 tonnes of steel to build the Bullring. 

Photo: Simon Felton

Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham

The library has studio theatre and an outdoor amphitheatre, as well as literary and digital resources. 

Photo: Dan Cottle

The Cube
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The Cube

Ken Shuttleworth described the building as ‘an enchanting jewellery box’.

Photo: Andrew Gustar

Millennium Point
Steve N
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Millennium Point

Millenium Point cost £114 million to build. 

Photo: Steve N

Selfridges
Ella Mullins
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Selfridges

Construction of the Bullring and Selfridges cost half a million pounds per day.

Photo: Ella Mullins

The Sentinels and the Beetham Tower
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The Sentinels and the Beetham Tower

Photo: Elliott Brown

Inside the Library of Birmingham
Simon Felton
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Inside the Library of Birmingham

The library gets more than three million visitors every year. 

Photo: Simon Felton

The Mailbox at night
Malcolm Browne
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The Mailbox at night

The Mailbox used to be a post office sorting office, opened in the '70s. 

Photo: Malcolm Browne

Millennium Point
Elliott Brown
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Millennium Point

Millennium Point was England’s largest landmark Millennium Project outside of London.

Photo: Elliott Brown

The Cube
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The Cube

Architect Ken Shuttleworth also designed The Gherkin in London.

Photo: k0olui

Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham

You can view The Cube from the top floor of the Library of Birmingham.

Photo: Steve N

Beetham Tower, 10 Holloway Circus
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Beetham Tower, 10 Holloway Circus

Beetham Tower is 121.5 metres tall. 

Photo: Elliott Brown

Hyatt Hotel
Elliott Brown
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Hyatt Hotel

Hyatt Hotel sits alongside the Crown Plaza Hotel and Alpha Tower. 

Photo: Elliott Brown

Millennium Point Car Park
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Millennium Point Car Park

The car park is owned by Birmingham City Council and worth  £11.7 million.

Photo: Steve N

The Spiral Café
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The Spiral Café

The Spiral Café was designed by Marks Barfield. 

Photo: Elliott Brown

Bournville College
Elliott Brown
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Bournville College

With a capacity for more than 15,000 students, Bournville College has a 4.2 acre campus site.

Photo: Elliott Brown

Millennium Point Car Park
Elliott Brown
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Millennium Point Car Park

Millennium Point Car Park was turned into a viewing area for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Photo: Elliott Brown

Bournville College
Elliott Brown
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Bournville College

The new campus cost £66 million. 

Photo: Elliott Brown

Millennium Point
Elliott Brown
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Millennium Point

Millennium Point was opened by the Queen on 2 July 2002.

Photo: Elliott Brown

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