• 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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Photo: Jens Markus Lindhe

Photo: Jens Markus Lindhe

A modern merchant's house, Copenhagen, Denmark

With this conversion of a 1960s office building, BBP Arkitekter have used articulated, perforated golden copper alloy elements to animate and dramatica

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Crédit photo : Sergio GRAZZIA

Crédit photo : Sergio GRAZZIA

Conservatoire Claude Debussy, Paris, France

The Conservatoire Claude Debussy, municipal conservatory of music, dance and dramatic arts in the 17th Arrondissement of the city of Paris, is inserted at the interface of a num

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Civic building in Lyon, France

This new, civic building in the southern French city of Lyon is characterised by rotating copper brise soleil shutters within its deep facades, controlling solar gain and optimi

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Photo: Edmund Sumner

Photo: Edmund Sumner

Waitrose supermarket, Chester, UK

A thoroughly modern application of bronze cladding adds permanence and enhances the impressive architectural qualities of this city-centre supermarket as its designer Matt Brook

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Photo: dapple photography

Photo: dapple photography

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, UK

Hoskins Architects discuss the role of copper alloy fins with a bespoke brushed finish in defining a major redevelopment to complete one of Edinburgh’s historic squares.

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Photo: Pedro Pegenaute

Photo: Pedro Pegenaute

Liang Xin Spa, Zaragoza, Spain

Copper perforation technology is taken to the limit with this decorative façade – interrupted only by its moon gate entrance and secondary peephole – announcing a new oriental s

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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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