This is actually the bridge from the car park to Selfridges in Birmingham and the rest of the Bull Ring which has undergone a massive rebuilding programme over the last ten years or so.  Designed by the late Jan Kaplicky, it’s a fantastic landmark but a bit disappointing when you find out its only a shop.

Perhaps it’s an example of pre-recession celebration of commercialism, the shopping experience as a work of architectural art, rendered an extravagence by the economic downturn.   In any case, it looks fantastic and its the sort of building which often needs justification if you build it outside of London for some strange reason.

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