• As usual, we showcase a range of inspirational projects from around Europe and beyond. But what stands out in this issue is the diversity of approaches to materiality in design, combining copper with other high-quality materials.

  • The results of the 2017 European Copper in Architecture Awards 18 have just been announced. 

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Photo: Adam Mørk

Photo: Adam Mørk

Etaget, Stockholm, Sweden

Architects Kjellander Sjöberg describe how urban blocks defined by materiality – copper, brass and three types of brickwork – generate a unique identity for this new residential

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Photo: Ralf Dieter Bischoff – Fotografie

Photo: Ralf Dieter Bischoff – Fotografie

Pavilon, Baumkirchen Mitte, Munich, Germany

Beautifully detailed and executed, a pristine golden copper alloy pavilion designed by Maisch Wolf Architekten sits at the heart of Baumkirchen Mitte, a new residential quarter

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Photo: Luuk Kramer

Photo: Luuk Kramer

Boathouses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Linking street and canal, this stylish Amsterdam housing development, replacing old industrial buildings, uses gold copper alloy and ‘silver-grey’ metal to acknowledge the area’

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Photo: Thomas Ott

Photo: Thomas Ott

Courthouse, St. Pölten, Austria

How to convincingly respect historic context while meeting modern building demands – that was the problem faced by the designers of this courthouse extension in the Austrian cit

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Photos: Renaud Araud

Photos: Renaud Araud

Archives départementales, Lyon, France

This beautifully executed municipal building in Lyon, France - for the safekeeping of the Rhône Department’s history - is an assured reconciliation between the technical demands

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Photo: Tim Grimme

Photo: Tim Grimme

Information Pavilion 'Römerschlacht am Harzhorn', Lower Saxony, Germany

Visible from nearby main roads, the Information Pavilion 'Römerschlacht am Harzhorn' celebrates a major archaeological discovery in Lower Saxony that changed perceptions of Roma

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COPPER COMBINATIONS

As usual, we showcase a range of inspirational projects from around Europe and beyond. But what stands out in this issue is the diversity of approaches to materiality in design, combining copper with other high-quality materials.

COPPER ARCHITECTURE DRIVEN BY DESIGNERS

In this issue, we focus on some of the fresh opportunities in contemporary design being explored by architects, taking copper and its alloys beyond the numerous established surfaces, forms and installation systems available today. 

Before assessing the environmental benefits of architectural copper, it’s worth going back to basics. Copper is a natural element within the earth’s crust which has been incorporated into living organisms throughout the evolutionary process. It is an essential nutrient required by virtually all higher life forms and nature is well adapted to making best use of copper, protecting itself from any negative effects. This applies at the most basic levels right up to the most complex metabolic functions of the human body. It also holds true with the long-term effects of copper on buildings.

Copper and the Home is a biennial competition established in 2006 that challenges the minds of young designers, architects, engineers and students across Europe to explore and harness the properties of copper that make it essential to modern living, and reimagine how it can improve our lives and enhance our daily routines through creative design.

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The European Copper in Architecture Awards programme celebrates the beauty and versatility of copper and its alloys through some of the best contemporary architecture. It also seeks to expose to a wider international audience inspirational projects, some of which might otherwise go unrecognised.
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