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University of Birmingham – Garth House

Design Practice:

Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership

Project Title:

University of Birmingham – Garth House

Project Location:

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Design Practice Location:

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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University of Birmingham – Garth House

Garth House is an intimate Grade II-Listed building with meeting rooms and part of the University of Birmingham’s hotel and conference facility. It was built in 1901 and designed by William Bidlake who was an English architect and a leading figure in Birmingham in the Arts & Crafts movement. It is distinct from Bidlake’s other houses in the simplicity of its design and is of international significance as it was singled out in Hermann Muthesius’ Das Englische Haus, which influenced the development of the Modernist movement. Before its restoration in 2018 it was used by the university in the same capacity as it is today, but now the interiors have been transformed from a standard educational environment to a stylish individual space with a sense of domestic scale and structure to celebrate a space befitting of its historical past and create pride for its future.

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