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International Centre for Life, UK

The complex roof design on the International Centre for Life in Newcastle relates to a leaf form, with central spine and standing seam 'arteries' running off at angles.

This complexity, combined with the curved overall roof shape, resulted in constantly changing surface forms which could only be handled by a material as adaptable as copper.

The judges in the Copper in Architecture Awards recognised this as a major, landmark building in its predominant Tyneside location and acknowledged its strong, organic form, expertly clad with a natural material, which will change gradually with the environment over the coming years.

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Building

Owner: 
International Centre for Life Trust
Completion date: 
2002
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
NE1 4EP
City: 
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Street: 
Times Square

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Cultural
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Terry Farrell and Partners
Address & description: 
7 Hatton Street, London NW8 8PL

Copper contractors

Title: 
Varla (UK) Ltd
Description: 

Life is located within Times Square just off Westmorland Road and Scotswood Road. It's a five minute walk up the road from Newcastle's Central train station and Metro station. It's also only a short distance (approx 15 minutes) if walking from the city centre.

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