£70m Hanging Gardens of Babylon-Inspired Student Residences


A new design concept for students in Birmingham.


In response to Birmingham’s growing student population London design studio, Architects of Invention, has proposed an impressive new project for the city inspired by the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon. 

The proposal includes two adjoined 25-storey towers with private gardens and terraces on each level. 

Courtesy of Architects of Invention

The beautiful apartments will offer local students exquisite views of the city, a central location amid the Digbeth area and within easy reach of Birmingham’s buzzing creative quarter, the Custard Factory.

The residences were also built with natural light in mind making ample use of its structure and location. The south end of the tower will benefit from the morning sun while the north end will benefit from the sunset. 

Courtesy of Architects of Invention

The two towers are connected by a central plinth which will offer students extra curricular activities and extensive learning platforms including a music recording studio and private workspaces to support start-ups. The nearby High Street Bordesley will host a string of fashionable retail stores to create community and further convenience.

Sixty percent of the 500 student rooms will be single bedrooms, while the remaining 40% will host couples. 

Courtesy of Architects of Invention

The project aims for sustainability and functionality at its heart with the residences being constructed entirely from cross-laminated timber (CLT) as well as capitalising on the UK’s increasingly affordable renewable energy sources, wind and solar power.

It’s certainly set to be a truly inspiring structure as part of Birmingham’s redevelopment plan.

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