• 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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North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub, Melbourne, Australia

Gently curving, perforated brass solar screens help to define the character of a key community building in Melbourne, Australia, and also to enhance its sustainability – recogni

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Photo: Arch-Exist

Photo: Arch-Exist

City Museum, Chengdu, China

In 2007 Sutherland Hussey Harris, in collaboration with Beijing based Pansolution, won the international competition for a new City Museum for Chengdu in Sichuan, China.

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Photo: RS Studio

Photo: RS Studio

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Architects Snøhetta’s design for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was conceived as an assembly of massive monolithic rounded stones, each a

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Photo: Jan Bitter for Optimist Design

Photo: Jan Bitter for Optimist Design

Red Bull studio, Berlin, Germany

Los Angeles based Optimist Design discuss their sculptural copper recording studio, inserted within a 1920’s Berlin power station.

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Photos: Mathias Herzog

Photos: Mathias Herzog

Communal stage, Trondheim town square, Norway

The stage on the town square of Trondheim (“Torvet“) is the result of an invited architectural competition held in the autumn of 2012.

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Photo: Ruedi Walti

Photo: Ruedi Walti

Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France

Remodelling and expansion of the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France – including two copper-roofed interventions and an underground gallery – deliver urban, architectural and mu

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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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