It is fascinating to see how three eminent architectural practices have taken very different approaches to a single typology – the museum – and made equally different uses of copper and its alloys to characterise their designs. In Warsaw, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki explore façade translucence, with pre-patinated copper adding a green luminescence to their ‘lantern in the park’ (page 24). In contrast, Foster + Partners in Munich modulate facades with a grid of vertical bars sat forward of concave sheets, all in a golden copper alloy (page 28).
Finally, Staab Architekten’s project in Ahrenshoop is defned by traditional vernacular building forms seamlessly cloaked in complex profled sheets of brass (page 34). It is also illuminating to compare how copper was applied on two contrasting buildings designed by the same architectural practice – Wlilkinson Eyre (page 16). Here, copper forms part of the architect’s selective palette of lightweight and naturally changing materials.
Taken as a whole, these projects exemplify a growing diversity of innovative designs with copper, making the most of its unique characteristics. As well as visual richness and design freedom, it is also worth remembering copper’s incomparable performance capabilities and sustainability credentials - including recyclability, discussed in our fnal article (page 38).
But frst, we present the ten Shortlisted projects for this year’s European Copper in Architecture Awards, selected by a panel of architect judges from an impressive 82 entries. Their decisions on the eventual Award winners will be announced at BATIMAT in Paris this November. However, you can compare the projects and have your say now by voting on-line (more on page 4). And we hope you can join us at the Awards exhibition throughout BATIMAT.
See you in Paris!
The Editorial Team
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