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Photo: Filip Dujardin

Photo: Filip Dujardin

The Moon, Mechelen, Belgium

This cuboid theatre in the Belgian city of Mechelen is defined by its extraordinary, creased copper alloy surfaces – a contemporary reflection of the intricate Gothic tracery of

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Photo: Lennen Descamps

Photo: Lennen Descamps

Patria, Kortrijk, Belgium

Architect Tom Adins, of Adins - Van Looveren Architecten, summarises his approach to designing contemporary interventions with brass facades for a historic building on the ‘Grot

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Foto di Pietro Savorelli
Foto di Pietro Savorelli

New Town Hall for Gembloux, Belgium

A new Town Hall, part of an urban refurbishment for the city of Gembloux.  The new copper-clad building is 'grafted' into the ancient urban city centre.

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Photo: Filip Dujardin, www.filipdujardin.be

Photo: Filip Dujardin, www.filipdujardin.be

House VDV, Destelbergen, Belgium

This single family house is located just outside the town of Ghent. The plot is part of a site that included a castle that was destroyed in WWII.

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Transparent copper facade

Transparent copper facade

Transparent copper facade

Transparent copper facade

Cultural Centre 'Het Perron', Belgium

The new centre for youth and culture right next to the station in Ieper aspires primarily to be an informal meeting place for all ages and nationalities, an objective that pays

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Private house with offices, Mortsel, Belgium, copper, roof
Private house with offices, Mortsel, Belgium, copper, roof

Private house with offices, Belgium

Located in a residential area near Antwerp, this 1930s family house was partially reconverted into a small language school.

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COPPER IN ALL ITS FORMS

As usual, this issue presents some of the best architecture from around Europe. It showcases the rich variety of surfaces that copper and its alloys can deliver for contemporary design – whether gold, brown, green or blue – all living materials continuing to develop in the local environment. But what stands out from our eleven projects is the wealth of different, sometimes innovative, approaches taken by designers today with how and where they use copper.

The 2016 100% Design Show held in London in September proved yet again that interior designers are still making the most of the properties and colours available through copper, brass and bronze.

The North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Awards Program Recognizes Excellence in the Use of Copper in Building Design Projects.  Projects are selected across three different categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications.

COPPER CONNECTIONS

Our aim with Copper Architecture Forum is to highlight some of the best contemporary architecture from around Europe. But it is also illuminating to connect projects that share similar contexts, typologies, scales or programmes to explore how different architects use copper to respond to common issues.

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An A–Z of Copper, Brass and Bronze at 100% Design London

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The seventeenth iteration of these popular, biennial architectural awards recognises the growing influence of copper and its alloys on modern design.

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