A Birmingham landmark, the Selfridges store at the Bull Ring
Market boasts a stylish design, proving that contemporary
architecture can thrive outside trendy London. Designed by Future
Systems' architects, the knobbly silver faÃ§ade was inspired by Paco
Rabanne's chain mail dresses. Constructed with concrete, which was
then painted a glowing blue and adorned with 16,000 polished
aluminum disks to create a mottled outer 'skin', the contemporary
construction cost just over one million US dollars to build.
Transforming Birmingham's urban fabric, the store draws thousands
of visitors each week to witness its bizarre design and browse the
designer goodies inside.
Address: Upper Mall East, Bull Ring market area
Transportation: Bus or train to Moor Street or New Street
Opening Time: Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm (till 9pm on
Wednesdays), on Saturdays from 9am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 11am