• 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.

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

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Peckham Library, UK

Meeting the client's brief for 'a thoroughly modern building' the Peckham Library and Media Centre is an uncompromising design which makes extensive and unusual use of copper.

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Photo: Esko Tuomisto

Photo: Esko Tuomisto

Meripaviljonki (Sea Pavilion), Helsinki, Finland

Architect Simo Freese discusses his design for an innovative, copper and glass, floating restaurant in a prominent Helsinki location.

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Spiral Cafe, Birmingham, UK, post-patinated copper
Spiral Cafe, Birmingham, UK, post-patinated copper

Spiral Cafe, UK

Located in St Martin’s Square, the new public square and centrepiece of Birmingham’s new Bullring development, the Spiral Café is a distinctive shell-like enclosure inspired by

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Radisson Hotel, UK, Prepatinated Copper Facade
Radisson Hotel, UK, Prepatinated Copper Facade

Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow, UK

A dramatic curved copper screen is the dominant design element of Glasgow’s new, award-winning Radisson SAS Hotel.

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Novotel, Paddington, London, UK, facade, Pre-oxidised, Golden alloy
Novotel, Paddington, London, UK, facade, Pre-oxidised, Golden alloy

Novotel Paddington, UK

The Novotel London Paddington provides a significant contribution both visually and functionally to Development Securities' Paddington Central business park by providing both a

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High Fishergate - Premier Inn, Doncaster

Photo: daniel-clements.com

High Fishergate - Premier Inn, Doncaster

Photo: daniel-clements.com

High Fishergate - Premier Inn, UK

A distinctive new hotel in the centre of Doncaster, an historic town in South Yorkshire in the north of England, is the first UK project to be clad with Nordic Green Living pre-

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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.

WINNING WAYS WITH COPPER
It is a pleasure to open this issue with the results of the 2017 European Copper in Architecture Awards. But there is far more to read as well, with a wide selection of other projects from around Europe and well beyond, and our second ‘Copper Inside’ interior design supplement. 

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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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