A square is always defined by its borders. Birmingham Centenary square seems to miss two of them: it is in direct contact with wide roads and fading towards a bigger scale of urbanity, the space here is hardly enclosed to form that protected entity we call a square. Apart from that, we believe the square is good as it is.
Thus the project is developed following two goals: to have minimum interventions across all the area of the square, and to create borders that define the space while not isolating it from tram, bus and other buildings towards the south and east.
Inspiration came from Bologna's Portico dei Servi, where two borders are defined by colonnades with no buildings on top, leaving the space open and closed at the same time. As a parallel outcome of this strategy, the porches that mark these boundaries are covered space that allow the square to be enjoyed in all weather conditions.