The outright winner – Platform of Arts and Creativity in Guimarães, Portugal - is exceptional and we explore the architect’s approach in a revealing interview (page 8) with Fernando de Sá, founding partner of Pitágoras Aquitectos. Equally illuminating is another building (page 10) by the same architect, also in Guimarães. This is the first of several regeneration projects within historic urban environments covered here, providing fascinating comparisons. Other contrasting and equally uncompromising approaches to medieval street settings are taken with a new museum in Duderstadt, Germany (page 14) and a hotel addition completing a street frontage in Visby, Sweden (page 18). Also in Sweden, low-key, but thoroughly contemporary structures provide services to ferry travellers along Stockholm’s historic waterfront (page 20). Other examples of more modest interventions – bus shelters, access facilities and even planters – demonstrate the role that copper can play in defining the streetscape (page 22).
In the second half of this issue, the focus moves towards the diversity of copper forms being explored by designers today. In Litzendorf, Germany, a new community centre takes on a pure, crystalline form where roofs and walls become a singular, copper alloy mesh surface, achieved with clever detailing (page 24). Considered details also define the rhythmic relationship between copper and glass at the heart of a new university building in Bialystok, Poland (page 26). Meanwhile, in Hof, Germany, special techniques have been used to achieve completely flat, pristine copper panels interspersed with glazing on a radiotherapy centre, combining a technological feel with a sense of warmth (page 29). The combination of copper and its alloys with other materials is an area of growing interest and the new gymnasium for an Italian football club explores the relationship of timber and brass, anchoring the building to its pivotal location (page 32). Our final example shows a golden copper alloy playing a key role within a predominantly brick Parisian social housing block (page 36). Copper Architecture Forum is only made possible by the enthusiastic involvement of architects around Europe. You can submit projects or let us have your comments by emailing your local representative from the Editorial panel or to our central e-mail address. We are keen to hear from you.
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