Adjoining the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, the eight-storey Frances Gardner House forms part of a courtyard development recalling the local pattern of urban blocks around semi-private yards. Above ground floor level, the block is clad entirely in pre-oxidised copper in long horizontal strips with windows irregularly cut into the copper wrapped elevations. Copper was selected for its visual and physical properties - including light weight, enabling savings on the supporting structure. Partner Keith Bradley adds “We also chose copper for its exemplary environmental credentials: a natural material, with low embodied energy in production, with a high percentage from recycled sources, and the potential for future recycling. Its longevity and ability to age gracefully, with a changing patina through time, make it a truly sustainable and beautiful material.” The project received a Commendation for design in the Copper in Architecture Awards 11.
Environmental issues played a major part in Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects’ choice of copper cladding to a recently completed Hall of Residence building for University College London.