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Copper Architecture Forum magazine 44/2018 published

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. 

Our first article considers an architect’s own office (pages 4-7), defined by an innovative three-dimensional brass surface modelled using hydroforming techniques, and how its appearance has begun to evolve over time. Then, we see how the scale-like bark of plane trees surrounding new additions to a museum (pages 8-13) are reflected in the design of bespoke, bronze shingle cladding that gently complements the adjoining church and gardens.

Although using traditional standing seam techniques, the faceted golden copper alloy facades of our next project – a sports complex (pages 14-17) – are thoroughly modern and fragment the building’s box form. Our central feature explores new museum additions to the iconic Paris Mint (pages 18-21), characterised by a transparent skin of perforated copper panels almost suggesting that coins have been stamped from it.

Moving on, impeccably crafted detailing on a modest-sized pavilion (pages 22-25) creates a golden gem. Here, the architects’ deceptively simple concept extends golden copper alloy facade cassettes over the almost-flat roof, with crisp edges throughout.

Also defined by an exemplary approach to detailing is a new headquarters building (pages 26-27) in exposed concrete topped by a dramatic ‘box’ clad entirely in green pre-patinated copper.

As we have seen in this and previous issues, the golden alloy of copper with aluminium and zinc continues to be popular for all kinds of projects. But the architects for a major redevelopment (pages 28-31) within a World Heritage Site wanted a much quicker transition from the initially reflective golden surface to a matt hue – achieved with a bespoke, factory-applied brushed finish. 

Our last project is an organic form (pages 32-33), enticing customers into the café that it envelops, executed with 18th century copper sheathing techniques enabled by computer-aided design. We end with an important update on the environmental performance of architectural copper (pages 34-35) and how to approach environmental rating systems.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

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