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Perth Concert Hall, Scotland, UK

Chris Hodson

Copper roofing and cladding plays a major role in the architectural composition of Scotland’s new 1200-seat Perth Concert Hall.

Resulting from an international design competition won by architects Building Design Partnership’s Glasgow office in 1998, the £12m building is located in Perth’s historic Horse Cross.  It is viewed in the round and uses a free-form plan as a unifying response to the irregular edges of the urban fabric bounding the site.

The distinctive curved form of the main auditorium is strongly expressed, both externally and within the foyer, to signal the building’s function and create a contemporary architectural icon for Perth.

Green patinated copper was selected for the auditorium roof, partly as a reference to the copper dome of the adjacent Perth Museum, but principally as a foil to the silver, white and grey materials forming the wall cladding. The copper cladding runs from the external surface of the roof, through a continuous rooflight and into the foyer to unify the form of the auditorium when viewed either from outside, or within the building. The selection of patinated copper results in a consistent colour for both weathered and internal surfaces.

Project Architect Bruce Kennedy said: “We chose pre-patinated copper to wrap the auditorium, both for its rich colour and its excellent durability. It was important that the material selected would define the expressive form of the main performance space, and would age gracefully in the Scottish climate.”

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Building

Owner: 
Perth & Kinross Leisure
Completion date: 
2005
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
PH1 5HZ
City: 
Perth
Street: 
Mill Street

Categories

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

Architect

Name, office: 
Building Design Partnership (BDP)
Address & description: 
15 Exchange Place, Glasgow, Scotland G1 3AN
Description: 

Horsecross Arts Ltd runs Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall.

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