Roundhouse Birmingham

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Nineteenth century canal-side stables and stores in Birmingham city centre. To be transformed into a hub from which to explore the city by foot, bike or boat.

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View of the Rotunda, Birmingham

Rotunda to the Roundhouse: Form Follows Function? 

A walk between two of Birmingham’s most famous round buildings across the city centre; looking at the relationship between form and function in architecture.

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A hidden gem at the heart of the canal network

The unique style and shape of Roundhouse Birmingham was the result of a design competition organised by the Birmingham Corporation. It was won by famed local architect WH Ward, and in 1874 was completed as stabling for some of the many horses which worked the canals. Its distinctive horseshoe shape was immediately popular.