The Mailbox - Birmingham, UK

Associated Architects
Date Built
Completed 2001
61 Wharfside Street
This former Postal Sorting Office, built in 1970, was reconstructed between 1999 and 2001 to a design by Associated Architects.  It has been transformed into a mixed use development including the Malmaison Hotel, a large collection of restaurants, shops and apartments.  It is also the Birmingham home of the BBC.  The Birmingham Pevsner describes the building as, "reminiscent of a huge Renaissance palazzo: stone base, red rendered elevation with tall windows hinting at pilasters, big central entrance up steps, dark metal and glass attic.  Inside the impression is confirmed by a long narrow open courtyard, constrained by the steel grid of the sorting office."

The architects say of it that, "
The design approach includes utilising the canal cooling system that we first designed, as well as displacement ventilation, raised floors and new elevations with full height glazing and a mezzanine meeting room area."

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