Our first two buildings share sculptural, symbolic responses to historical contexts: a city’s ancient links with fire in Poland (page 4) and a fierce Roman battle in Lower Saxony (page 8). The latter also begins a triptych of buildings exploring dialogues between copper and timber – initially as opposing armies, then reinforcing the shoreline of an Austrian lake (page 10) and finally expressing the glacial forces that formed Iceland’s natural landscape (page 12).
Change is the defining theme of two very different cultural buildings where transformations subvert the permanence of their traditional roles. The Paris Conservatoire Claude Debussy comes to life with a copper façade animated by perforated folding shutters (page 16). In Gdansk, the massive, copper-clad roof of the new Shakespearean Theatre can be opened to the sky or closed, in conjunction with various internal arrangements, to give different theatrical experiences (page 20).
Our next two projects are exemplars of the skilful reconciliation of technical, architectural and cultural demands defined by their typologies. The ubiquitous sports hall is handled with deceptive simplicity and style in Villach, Austria, characterised by a transparent copper facade (page 24). Meanwhile in Lyon, a new municipal archive provides the environmental conditions needed to protect documents whilst maximising public access and generating a real sense of civic pride (page 28).
Bringing this issue to a close are three buildings from the UK showcasing copper and its alloys while demonstrating excellent sustainability credentials. Particular care was taken with the finish of brass panels on a new community centre in London, which achieved a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating (page 32). Finally, it is fascinating to compare two projects, both designed by the same architects and both for the University of Edinburgh: a new children’s nursery facility (page 34) and The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (page 37).
ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS PUBLIC CHOICE
As this issue goes to press, judging of the 2015 European Copper in Architecture Awards comes to an end. The shortlisted projects will be announced on 1st June on our website, where you can vote to select the Public Choice Award winner until 30th August.
All the shortlisted projects will be on exhibition at the Vision event from 2nd –3rd June at Olympia in London, where visitors can also vote. All the Awards winners will be announced later this year and covered in the next issue of Copper Architecture Forum.
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