This year’s 18th Awards programme (pages 4-9) again revealed some of the best contemporary European architecture. Congratulations to those who received awards or were shortlisted and thanks to everyone who participated. We are also grateful to all those of you who voted via copperconcept.org for a ‘Public Choice’ winner.
Moving on from the Awards, we visit a metro station ticket hall in Helsinki where floating copper elements, envisaged as ‘leaves’, play a purely aesthetic role (pages 10-13). In contrast, alternating houses in an Amsterdam regeneration development are enwrapped in a protective, golden copper alloy skin forming walls and roofs (pages 14-17).
Our central feature explores the extensive and innovative application of copper alloy – again, for both walls and roof – on a new museum at the heart of Chengdu, China, demonstrating the material’s particular suitability for massive new buildings (pages 18-23).
In Sydney, a prominent apartment building – and 2016 World Architecture Festival Finalist – is characterised by perforated copper ‘wings’ protecting south facing balconies (pages 24-25). Also showcasing copper in conjunction with brick is a high-rise tower with surrounding buildings in Birmingham (pages 26-29).
Next, copper plays the leading role in a technology building in Cottbus, Germany, to deliver its slick horizontality (pages 30-32). In Vantaa, Finland, a complete external skin of prepatinated copper now protects a weather-worn brick church (pages 33-35).
Our final pairing considers museums in the desert. At a UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia, bronze complements the stone walls of new structures as well as historic mud remains (pages 36-37). Similarly, copper features as part of a limited palette of enduring materials for a visitor centre celebrating a Bronze Age archaeological site in Sharjah, UAE.
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