SMITHFIELD MARKET COMPETITION/ BIRMINGHAM
Architect: Y/N Architects
Structural Engineers: Simple Works
Community Project Design: Mark Essen
Sustainability Engineers: Etude
Illustrator: Edward Crooks
Client: Birmingham City Council
As part of our research for the competition the team visited the site and surrounding neighbourhoods. We met the local communities and talked with individuals about their impressions of the centre as it is today, and discussed their aspirations for a new Smithfield.
Through these conversations and from our observations we have identified recurring themes that have informed our approach, raise questions and invite further exploration.The key challenges we observed;
1. Inclusivity - How do we create an inviting place for a diverse range of communities throughout the year?
2. Patrimony - How do we build upon the site’s rich heritage and support pride of place?
3. Adaptability - How can the development adapt and change for the future and stand the test of time?