Seven exquisite projects from across Europe have been shortlisted in the European Copper in Architecture Awards, an annual scheme which looks to highlight the increasing use of the metal in cutting edge design. This year’s finalists have been sourced from Spain, Finland, Italy, the UK, Germany and Luxembourg, and showcase many innovative uses of copper in architectural design. The shortlisted projects are as follows:
Freya’s Cabin, Kielder Water, UK - Studio Weave
This intimate wooden and copper alloy hut is huddled on the edge of a beautiful lake in the north of England, resting atop a series of glittering brass posts. Open to the elements, the ethereal cabin is one of two such structures supported by a romantic fairytale penned by its designers, Studio Weave.
House at Seeheim, Germany - Fritsch und Schlüter Architekten
An archetypal gabled house neighbouring the Rhine Valley, Fritsch und Schlüter Architekten’s traditional family home has been brought to life by a number of incisions cut into the external form, with portions gouged out and encased in glass. The roof and facades are coated in pre-oxidised copper rhombuses which contrast dramatically with the exposed white interiors.
New Town Hall, Police and Cultural Centre, Berriozar, Spain - Garcia Rodriguez Alcoba
Garcia Rodriguez Alcoba’s basic L-shaped form is a simple but highly effective design which incorporates administrative facilities and public spaces in a singular entity. Again pre-oxidised copper has been used to supply a strong yet light exterior to this powerful building with white interior volumes distinctly apparent through wide windows.
St Lawrence Chapel, Vantaa, Finland - Avanto Arkkitehdit
This exemplary project is based on the concept of a Christian’s journey from this world to eternity, its pared back architecture and interiors enabling mourners to grieve in an undisturbed environment. Copper has been introduced in a number of ways, including patinated copper mesh screening between inside and outside spaces, removable perforated copper trays in the ceilings, and patinated copper roofing.
Villa Vauban Art Museum, Luxembourg - Philippe Schmit Architects
A contemporary red brass-clad addition to the classic Musée d’Art de la Ville de Luxembourg, this light and airy volume makes a quiet statement in the secluded museum grounds. A proportion of the new exhibition space has been pushed underground, with translucent perforated panels and large sections of glass drawing natural light into the freshly created internal display space.
10 Weymouth Street, London, UK - Make Architects
Make Architects’ angular residential block in England’s capital is a shining example of how an aging building can be rejuvenated by an innovative cladding system. In staggering the ratio of copper and zinc components in the external panels used, the facade shimmers in differing colours from golden yellow to russet brown, enlivening the structure in a brave display of architectural ingenuity.
Civil Protection Centre, South Tyrol, Italy - AllesWirdGut
Set in a mountainous location, AllesWirdGut’s heavy design is cased entirely in copper to give it a natural, earthy tone to ensure its seamless integration into the surrounding environment and townscape. This strong base is lifted by a collection of light wells which illuminate the interior volumes, including a number of below-grade rooms cut into the slope of the site.