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CLIENT: Network Rail

LOCATION: Birmingham, UK

CRAB came third in this international invited competition to reimagine Birmingham New Street Station, the busiest railway station in the UK outside of London. With the station comprising a diverse collection of buildings constructed over the last century, the challenge was how to envelop this architectural amalgamation in a new façade without altering its fundamental structure.

Taking a practical approach, the CRAB team designed a folded aluminium skin of many colours. Each colour was strategically placed to offer a visually interesting experience for observers approaching the station from different angles. The different colours improved the legibility of the area, with visitors able to orientate themselves easily. They might be walking down a darker, red street or strolling along the brighter southern side with a vibrant yellow undulation. From the Bullring side, a more extended view reveals the terraced blue corner. As a focus, the two cones that celebrate the central atrium are in a mysterious green. The design not only respects the station’s historical character but also adds a kaleidoscope of colours, engaging people navigating the busy urban surroundings.

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