Video: Brummies tell us about the best buildings in Birmingham

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Birmingham isn’t best known for its architecture and has previously been accused of being a ‘concrete jungle’ but there are a host of attracive buildings in the city - here are the ones local’s recommend

Birmingham boasts a wide array of breath-taking architecture, from timeless classics such as the Council House and Moor Street Station, to the modern marvels of the Library and Selfridges. I went along to the city centre to ask people their favourite examples.

Howard tells us his thoughts on the architecture in BirminghamHoward tells us his thoughts on the architecture in Birmingham
Howard tells us his thoughts on the architecture in Birmingham

Howard says: “I've travelled quite a bit. And I'm very fond of Birmingham, because it's kept its local vernacular. It's got some fabulous older buildings. But it's also allowed some of the more modern designs to permeate quite close into the CBD itself.

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“So you've got places like 103 Colmore Row, which is quite close to where we are here in Victoria Square, where you've got the fabulous Town Hall, whatever you call it locally, I don't know. But there's some beautiful old stuff.

“So I used to stamp the centre of London. And this is the closest I've found. Now that's probably a bit of a bit of a swear word on Birmingham. But I think what the local architecture has here is fantastic. And I think some of the new stuff that's going out really celebrates that in the way that it's sympathetic to it, but it moves forward as well.”

Yamin tells us what he finds beautiful in BirminghamYamin tells us what he finds beautiful in Birmingham
Yamin tells us what he finds beautiful in Birmingham

Yamin says: “Okay, first of all, of course, the City Hall is a major landmark in Birmingham. Also I was stunned by a number of buildings that look abandoned, but they're pretty massive and interesting.

“The Britannia hotel, I think if you know it pretty well, and I’m also interested in the landmarks, like the rail, you know, the viaduct,. That's, that's outside the city in Digbeth. And I'm pretty impressed with the variety, the diversity that you find. There's different periods. There's brutalism, there is Victorian style.”

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John gives us his opinions on Birmingham

John says: “I love the 19th century architecture, the grandeur of the public buildings, the Town Hall, the museum, Queen Victoria statue, and the uniformity of the architecture in New Street.”

Architecture has a unique ability to inspire, telling us a story of time and endurance. The significance of Birmingham to world history cannot be overstated, and as it continues to grow, this city's landscape will be a living, breathing example of human innovation and heritage.

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