5 quality copper contestants

Tuesday 28 Jul 2009

European Copper in Architecture Awards shortlist announced

With almost 50 entries from 16 countries, the 2009 Copper in Architecture Awards revealed an exceptional diversity of projects representing some of the best in contemporary European architecture. Five quite different buildings – a media centre, museum, urban housing complex and two individual homes – have now been shortlisted by the international team of architect and editor judges.

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

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