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 façade 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
Transport: Bus or train to Moor Street or New Street stations
Opening times: Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm (till 9pm on Wednesdays), on Saturdays from 9am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 5.30pm