References

Copper near you

Find your way to copper and inspire yourself with amazing architecture!

Editor's choice

Photo: Sebastian van Damme

Photo: Sebastian van Damme

Villa IJsselzig, Utrecht, the Netherlands

A copper roofed contemporary dyke house in an original ribbon development.

More

Photo: Adam Mørk

Photo: Adam Mørk

Maersk Building, Copenhagen, Denmark

In January 2017, an iconic new tower – the Mærsk Building – was inaugurated In the presence of HM Queen Margrethe, adding a major landmark to Copenhagen’s skyline.

More

Photo: Adam Mork

Photo: Adam Mork

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, Canada

Belying its substantial footprint, this undulating serpentine building, with shimmering brass shingle facades, nestles comfortably into the rolling hills of the northwest corner

More
Impasse Marie-Blanche - 28 logements et 1 crèche - Paris 18ème

(c) Jean-Pierre-Porcher

Impasse Marie-Blanche - 28 logements et 1 crèche - Paris 18ème

(c) Jean-Pierre-Porcher

Impasse Marie-Blanche - 28 housing units and 1 crèche - Paris 18ème, France

In the heart of the district of Butte Montmartre, surrounded by green spaces, the Marie-Blanche offers the calm of a small residential road from Old Paris.

More
Foto: Martin Mischkulnik

Foto: Martin Mischkulnik

Foto: Martin Mischkulnik

Foto: Martin Mischkulnik

Music School and Library in Wolfurt, Austria

Brass case - Sculptural building by Fink Thurnher Architekten in Wolfurt impresses with a facade made of light clinker and brass

More

Photo: courtesy of Malcolm Fraser Architects

Photo: courtesy of Malcolm Fraser Architects

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), University of Edinburgh, UK

As a world-class interdisciplinary research and teaching facility focused on key climate related challenges facing society, it was important that The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon

More

Articles

COPPER FOCUS

Focusing on a single material – as we do here with copper in all its forms – enables illuminating comparisons of different architectural approaches by different designers. A common thread in this issue is the designer’s fascination with copper as a living, changing material, often reflecting a building’s context, whether historical or geographical.

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.

Publication
 
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.
More publications

Info and advice on copper and its alloys

Explore copper in the home

Info for plumbing installers

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Find out more by following this link.

Accept