The Hanging Gardens of Digbeth
Where: 175 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham
Garden Hill is a proposed new development for Digbeth, based on the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Designed by Architects of Invention, for the Chinese private equity fund PGC Capital, Garden Hill comprises two 25-storey towers with rooftop terraces in between. The layered configuration offers all residents access to private or shared outdoor gardens.
The different aspects from the two towers will ensure that all the terraces receive direct sunlight throughout the day, with the southern tower catching the morning sun and the northern units becoming more exposed in the evening.
The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the residential dwellings are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes ground floor retail onto High Street Deritend.
Garden Hill will have 500 residential units; 60% will be one-bedroom (40-50m2) and 40% will have two-bedrooms (63-75m2). The brief also specifies parking for 120-200 cars. The image below shows what the development will look like compared to the surrounding area.
The £70 million scheme is currently at pre-application stage, with Birmingham City Council assessing the proposals. For more information, see this thread on the Skyscraper City Forum.