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Copper Architecture Forum magazine 42/2017 published


The diversity of surfaces offered by copper and its alloys today is greater than ever. It is important to appreciate the living nature of the material and its evolving appearance on buildings, driven by local environments. In this and future issues, we aim to show changes over time with featured projects –
and more can be found at copperconcept.org.

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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Copper Architecture Forum magazine 42/2017 publishedIrving Convention Center, Las Colinas, TexasKing Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi ArabiaAnglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UKThe Curve, Teesside University, UKBosruck Tunnel, Bosruck, AustriaMaersk Building, Copenhagen, Denmarkmicrosonic building, Dortmund, GermanyVitoria Bus Terminal, Vitoria, SpainKindergarten, Vétroz, SwitzerlandHotel am See in Hard, AustriaWilanów Town Hall, Warszawa, Poland

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