A Swedish architect has won a competition run by the European Copper in Architecture Campaign on the copperconcept.org website between 1 March and 30 June 2012. 1,523 people participated and registered for the newsletter – available in 17 languages – on the website, which aims to inspire architects with examples of copper’s sustainable contribution to the building construction sector. The independent jury that met on July 2nd in Budapest drew Lotta Sundell – from Ӓngelholm, Sweden – from the new subscribers to the newsletter, as winner of a new iPad.
“I have a rising interest in copper and wanted to sign up for the newsletter. The competition was only a bonus!” Lotta told us, happy to discover she had won the prize just before her summer vacation.
Lotta is already a frequent visitor to the site, and receives the twice-yearly Copper Architecture Forum magazine in Swedish. Copper, as a building material, is not new to her. The last project involving copper that she worked on is a renovation of the city hall in Höganäs, Sweden. Initially designed by Arton Architects and built in the early sixties, the building’s floor plans have been modified over the years and needed a complete rework.
At her architectural office, Karin Petterssons Arkitektbyrå, Lotta works with six other architects in Ӓngelholm, and was in charge of adding a penthouse to the city hall, containing rooms for meetings and a terrace with a fantastic view.
Lotta visits copperconcept.org often to find inspiration for her projects, and noted her favourite copper project is the Chapel of Saint Lawrence in Finland, which was the winning project of the European Copper in Architecture Awards 2011: “The architect Ville Hara and I attended the school of architecture in Paris together, and I am really happy to be able to follow his fantastic work,” says Lotta.