• 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: Chin Tan

Photo: Chin Tan

Adelaide Oval, Australia

Bronze cladding and copper mesh help add an extra dimension of material quality to the sports stadia typology at the newly redeveloped Adelaide O

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Solar waves, Photo: Aedas/Daniel Hopkinson

Solar waves, Photo: Aedas/Daniel Hopkinson

Holland Park School, London, UK

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.

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Photo: Tim Crocker

Photo: Tim Crocker

Granary building, London, UK

This project showcases creation of a new life for old buildings with facilities to meet 21st century needs, whilst respecting and celebrating their integr

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Tex-Tonic House 1, UK
Tex-Tonic House 1, UK

Tex-Tonic House 1, UK

The ‘Tex-Tonic House 1’ offers a very successful synthesis of sensitivity to the given context, deep understanding of the client’s brief, ergonomic functionality, aesthetic appe

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Archeology Museum of Vitoria, Spain, Facade, Bronze
Archeology Museum of Vitoria, Spain, Facade, Bronze

Archeology Museum of Vitoria, Spain

We like to think of an archaeology museum as a compact jewel box concealing the treasure that history has entrusted to us piece by piece.

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Photo: Anthony Colemen

Photo: Anthony Colemen

Garden Museum, London, UK

Bronze-clad interventions expanding a museum on one of London’s most historically important and challenging sites exude a timeless quality – despite using modern, lightweight co

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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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