Selfridges, The Bullring Shopping Center - Birmingham, UK

Future Systems
Date Built
September 2003
The Bull Ring
In September 2003, Jonathan Glancey wrote in the Guardian, "The new Selfridges store in Birmingham, although firmly anchored to the new-look Birmingham Bull Ring, proves to be not so much architecture as ocean-liner berthed alongside Moor Street station, but a vast cliff of a building, a computer-age geological outcrop, as distinctive and eye-catching as the white cliffs of Dover. Its high, billowing form might have been moulded by some smooth yet insistent sea over the four years it has taken to build." 

This startling building, by the architects who designed the equally outrageous press box at Lords cricket ground, has been compared to a chain-mail dress by Paco Rabanne, a diamante bustier, a boulder and various other organic and inorganic shapes.  When you look up at if from Park Street, it is difficult not to see a one-eyed monster with a very long nose.

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