Recognising the inventive use of copper and its alloys in buildings, the biennial European Copper in Architecture Awards express the potential of an environmentally sustainable material and celebrate the best in European architecture
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Now in their 15th cycle, the Copper in Architecture Awards are an impressive manifestation of the contemporary potential of an ancient material. Awards are given for the skilful use and application of copper and its various alloys, such as brass and bronze. With an increase in entries from 47 in 2009 to 66 this year, drawn from all around Europe, the biennial Awards clearly demonstrate copper’s enduring appeal and celebrate
the best in current European architecture.
This year’s judging panel included a quartet of architects, all recipients of previous Copper in Architecture Awards:
Einar Jarmund, partner in Oslo-based Jarmund/Vigsnæs; Patrick Genard, who runs his own practice in Barcelona; Pia Salin of Basel-based Zwimpfer Partner Architekten and Keith Williams, principal of Keith Williams Architects. AR Editor Catherine Slessor chaired the panel and summarises the jury’s comments on each of the winning and shortlisted projects.
Entries were assessed from photographs, drawings and descriptions submitted by their architects. Initially, the judges independently considered each entry before discussing specific projects that could move forwards to the next stage. Selected schemes were then openly debated and seven were finally shortlisted, from which the following awards were made after considerable deliberation.
Set in disparate locales, ranging from central London to the South Tyrol, the seven shortlisted projects explore the role of copper as an architecturally versatile, as well as an environmentally sustainable material.
The European Copper in Architecture Awards programme is part of the European Copper in Architecture Campaign, promoted by the Copper Development Association and participating copper fabricators.
All the 2011 entries can be viewed on the Copper in Architecture Awards website copperconcept.org/awards.
The Campaign also publishes Copper Architecture Forum magazine, with extra coverage of the shortlisted and winning projects.