A villa of the 1920‘s with a hipped roof had to be extended to become a residence for a family of five. The entrance area had to be upgraded and furnished with storage for bicycles etc. On the other side a generous living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a fitness studio had to be added to the North at the other side of the building that is averted to the street. In between both interventions a protected exterior space had to evolve in front of the existing building.
One important aspect of this project was to achieve the essence of a minimalist form. In order to achieve this, we chose to use the same material for both roof and facade. It is easily understandable how the roof material dictated the material vertical elevations. This is how the all-copper solution crystallized. In addition, another advantage of using copper is that it is a material that ages beautifully and diversely.
One of London's best-known public sector schools has been completely redeveloped with a single, state of the art building replacing a previous sprawling campus. The competition-winning design takes an innovative, highly architectural approach to controlling and optimising sunlight with its brise soleil arrangement of copper, brass and bronze fins.
The Hive, Worcester's recently opened Library and History Centre certainly has a striking presence. A beacon for learning, it is a key part of Worcester's river frontage, highly visible from the rising ground to the south and west. The articulation of its unique external form resonates with the scale and grain of the setting: the roofline echoes the profile of the Malvern Hills visible to the west, and recalls the Royal Worcester kilns which, with the Cathedral, once dominated the city's skyline. The iconic 'funnels' are as fundamental to the interior of the building as they are to its external appearance, providing natural light and ventilation to the heart of the floor plates.
After 20 years of redundancy, the central Drottningtorget Post Office building in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been transformed into the 500-bedroom Clarion Hotel Post with modern additions that reflect the aspirations of this vibrant city.
The transformation of an unsightly soviet building erected in the middle of the 20th century, with a perforated copper front rediscovers an architectural typology that celebrates the automobile. To begin, Pavel Khegay and Amir Idiatulin of IND Architects explain their design concept.
This new cultural and media centre in the rural Normandy town of Gournay en Bray in northern France takes its cue from the forms of local buildings transformed into modern interventions, characterised by slate surfaces and glazing veiled by expanded copper sheet.
This design by C + S won an international competition. The new building is grafted into the complexity of the Venetian urban system facing Piazzale Roma, the car-entrance space to the city of Venice. At the same time it becomes the 'infrastructure' which brings an existing 19th century factory (Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi) into a contemporary use: in fact it houses the technical building systems.
Completed in 2010, the Victor Hugo hub – a 9,615 m2 multiplex – is located in the Saint Raphaël town centre. The impetus for this project was the town’s desire to revitalise the railway district: a gamble that has now paid off! The hub – which houses seven cinema auditoria with 1,350 seats, a bus station and a two-level car park – has shown itself to be a key tool for urban regeneration.
The 'Capanna Osservatorio Regina Margherita' is the highest building in Europe, located at an altitude of 4554m above sea level, on the Punta G.Gnifetti, one of the peaks of the Monte Rosa Massif. Almost all shelters/alpine huts serve as the departure point for those wishing to 'conquer' a summit, while the Capanna Regina Margherita is at the summit. The uniqueness of the location creates interesting opportunities in the field of medicine research, earth science and meteorology: for this Hut (as a shelter for mountaineers) and Observatory (as a support structure for scientific research).
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 6 independent apartments around a common circulation: a ‘cut’ that marks the main access and the division of the volume into 2 halves. Besides its function, the ‘cut’ becomes the main defining element of the building: from either side of the ‘cut’ strips unfold that form the balustrade of a generous covered balcony which reach out to the surrounding topography. The strips and the façade jump back at each floor, following the profile of the natural steep hillside.
Completed in 2010, the Tour des Arts des Herbiers in Vendée has the distinction of being entirely clad in golden copper. In addition to an art school, this creation by Forma 6 in Nantes hosts concerts, conferences and workshops concerning the history of the arts, and receives 2,000 visitors each year.