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Frances Gardner House, University College London

Chris Hodson

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.

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.

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Building

Owner: 
University College London
Completion date: 
2003
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
WC1X 0HD
City: 
London
Street: 
Frances Gardner House, University College London, Langton Close, Off Grays Inn Road

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/Part seams
Type of building: 
Residential
Educational
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
Address & description: 
21 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 8BA

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