The Copper in Architecture Awards recognise architectural excellence and celebrate the use of copper in all its forms. The last two decades have seen their transformation from a UK-based programme highlighting craftsmanship, to a major, design-led Awards event for projects across Europe. For the first time, the 2009 Awards consider all entries together.
Judges described the shortlisted projects as follows:
"The Clip House in Madrid, Spain, designed by Bernalte-León y Asociados, is a highly sculptural design formed from copper planes cantilevered from a vertical concrete spine.
"Still in Spain but in contrast, Mangado y Asociados’ Archaeology Museum of Vitoria makes extensive use of cast bronze elements to create contrasting elevational treatments to shape the surrounding urban spaces.
"In Copenhagen, Denmark, Dissing+Weitling arkitektfirma has used copper and glass to define a cool, high-density housing project at Frederikskaj, suggesting nautical references in its harbour-side location. Another house – this time in Ticino, southern Switzerland – incorporates copper mesh screening for transparency as an integral part of Davide Macullo Architetto’s ecological and site-sensitive design.
"Finally, to Spain again where transparency is also achieved – this time with perforated copper screens, matching a strong copper façade grid on the Mediacomplex 22@ building in Barcelona designed by Patrick Genard y Asociados and Ferrater & Asociados."
Through the awards both the diversity and the beauty of the material are displayed. Notably the use of copper is evolving, a new treatment of the material can be explored in WAN's Product of the Week