• Copper - interpreted in many different forms and applications spanning architecture, design and technology – is the theme of a new exhibition at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. Entitled "Copper Crossings, Copper Shapes in Contemporary Art, Design, Technology and Architecture", the exhibition opens on 15 September at 19:00 and will be on display until 9 November.

  • Chris Hodson examines the growing role of copper in urban and landscape design - as well as architecture - in various structures linked to transport, infrastructure and streetscape projects around Europe.

  • Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães in Portugal, wins the European Copper in Architecture Awards.


Editor's choice
Copper facade of Hwb Dinbych

Hwb Dinbych, multi-purpose facility, Denbigh,...

A long, pre-oxidised copper rain-screen detaches from its host building, creating an impressive urban presence for this innovative community facility for young people in North...

The Goldsmiths' Centre, UK

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is two projects in one, and two buildings combined and connected. The converted Grade 2 listed Victorian School houses the ‘Institute’, which provides...

Maggie's Centre, Scotland, UK

Maggie’s Highlands Cancer Caring Centre at Raigmore Hospital Inverness by Page\Park Architects is a one and a half storey copper clad timber frame building designed to reflect...

Dolomitenblick, Sexten/Sesto (BZ), Italy

The building is located on a hillside in the Dolomites, at the edge of a residential area. The volume has been developed mainly from its pragmatic functional request to include...

Copper House, Vaskmaja, Estonia

This copper-clad house is located on a limestone plateau near Tallinn, close to the sea in a small rapidly developing residential area which was formerly occupied by a Soviet...

Multipurpose facility, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Italy

The fairgrounds at Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella have been redeveloped into an urban park with two multi-purpose facilities.  The local council agreed to the demolition of...

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Specifying durable and effective antimicrobial materials for healthcare design is becoming increasingly important in light of growing antimicrobial resistance and the need to improve infection control.  A new CPD presentation helps architects to understand the challenges of infection control and the solution antimicrobial copper touch surfaces provide.


We open this issue with the results of the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards and make no apologies for reminding ourselves of the outstanding quality of the shortlisted and award winning projects, as well as the diverse applications of copper on display

Chris Hodson caught up with the founding partner of Award Winners Pitágoras Aquitectos to discuss the practice’s work.

Architects and designers of healthcare projects are being encouraged to consider how architectural design can positively influence a healthcare facility in a new competition.  The UIA International Student Design Competition – targeting students of architecture – is now inviting entries via Architects for Health.  Alongside conventional measures, antimicrobial copper touch surfaces can make a positive contribution to patient safety and is an innovative measure to consider for any healthcare project.

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