Our first article examines the evolving surface of an intricately perforated copper veil, enveloping a massive Texas convention centre (pages 4 – 9). Another creative example of perforated copper follows, this time forming the interior of a cultural centre in Saudi Arabia (pages 10 – 11). In contrast, a pre-patinated copper, curved façade announces a new university campus for Cambridge (pages 12 – 15). Another UK university, this time in Middlesbrough, also celebrates copper’s curvilinear capabilities, here using a rich golden alloy (pages 16 – 19). This same copper alloy finds a fresh application on the theatrical gateway to a road tunnel in Austria (pages 20 – 21).
A new key landmark for Copenhagen, the Maersk Building, is defined by its grid of storey-height copper fins – some moving in response to the sun – creating intriguing patterns on a grand scale (pages 22 – 25). Also concerned with patterns, but at a more intimate level using bespoke perforations, is a high-tech manufacturing building in Germany’s historic industrial region (pages 26 – 29).
In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain undulating waves of pre-patinated copper roofs celebrate movement at a bus station (pages 30 – 31). In contrast, Brass facades are used in a contemporary take on vernacular Alpine houses for a new kindergarten in Switzerland (pages 32 – 33). Also Brass and in an Alpine location is a modern hotel in Austria, providing a clear example of the material’s visual evolution over time (pages 34 – 37). We finish this issue with a civic building where green pre-patinated copper references its historic context in Warsaw (pages 38 - 39).
Since launching the 2017 European Copper in Architecture Awards in our last issue, the panel of architect judges will now have selected a Shortlist. So, this is the time for you to choose your favourite shortlisted project and help it win the ‘Public Choice Award’: vote now at copperconcept.org.
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