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European Copper in Architecture Awards 2013 News
International Architecture Shortlist Announced – Winners
7 Nov 2013
European Copper in Architecture Awards in Paris
ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
European Copper in Architecture Awards for 2013 News
The winners of the European Copper in Architecture Awards 16 have been announced at a presentation ceremony held on 4th November, during the international BATIMAT show in Paris. With a record 82 entries, the 2013 Awards proved to be a celebration of the very best in contemporary architecture and the judges were impressed by the high standards demonstrated generally. Images and information about the winners and all the entries can be found at: copperconcept.org/awards.
Platforma Artes Guimarães – outright winner
photograph : Joao Morgado
Four Awards were made from ten Shortlisted projects. The outright Winner was Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal – designed by Pitágoras Aquitectos. This regeneration of the ancient centre of one of Portugal’s most historically important cities is defined by unifying abstract cubic forms, veiled by a grid of brass profiles that dematerialises the building’s mass, adding an extra, translucent dimension.
The design is a confident response to the challenges of working within a UNESCO and City of Culture site. Pulling together a diversity of old buildings, the regeneration gives a new civic heart to the city – looking to the future as well as the past. The design takes a clever, fresh approach and, of all the entries, this is the one that all the judges most want to visit and explore.
Three European Copper in Architecture Awards Commendations
Seinäjoki Library Building, Finland:
photograph © Mika Huisman
Designed by JKMM Architects, Seinäjoki City Library, Finland, is an assertive but respectful copper-clad, thoroughly contemporary addition to the most extensive cluster of Alvar Aalto buildings in the world. The massive, pristine white ‘frames’ to openings work well in counterpoint to the rustic feel of the naturally weathering pre-oxidised copper of the external skin. The judges recognised how the building sits comfortably amongst its illustrious neighbours while retaining its individuality – a real achievement.
NOBEL arkitekter’s Covering of the Runic Stones in Jelling, Denmark, comprises deceptively simple, bronze and glass structures, protecting nationally important ancient stones. In this deceptively simple design, everything has been cleverly reduced down to a pure beauty. The interventions to this ancient site can be seen as a pair of perfectly crafted jewel boxes of real quality, substantially enhancing the visitors’ experience of the runic stones that they so carefully – but discreetly – protect.
Dolomitenblick apartment building, Italy:
photograph : Hertha Hurnaus
With Plasma Studio’s Dolomitenblick apartment building in Sexten, Italy, copper and timber define the sculpted mass growing out of the natural Alpine topography and reflecting traditional roof forms, redefining the local vernacular. The judges were impressed by the project’s effortless display of its strong sense of form and context. The rigorous use of copper and timber, both inside and out, set this building apart as one designed and completed with real conviction.
This year’s judging panel consisted of four architects – all recipients of previous Copper in Architecture Awards: Einar Jarmund (Jarmund/Vigsnæs, Norway); Craig Casci (Grid Architects, UK); Davide Macullo (Davide Macullo Architects, Switzerland); Anu Puustinen (Avanto Architects, Finland). More information and images of all 82 entries, can be viewed at: copperconcept.org/awards
The shortlisted projects will be presented and Award winners unveiled at BATIMAT, Paris, today, Monday 4th November 2013 in the Zoom Conference Room of Hall 5B, attendance by invitation.
11 Oct 2013
European Copper in Architecture Awards 2013 Exhibition
European Copper in Architecture Awards Exhibition in Paris
All the Award entries will be on show at an exhibition on Stand 118 in Hall 5A (N Wing) – covering Roofing and Cladding – throughout the entire show.
4 Jul 2013
European Copper in Architecture Awards 2013 Shortlist
ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
An international team of architect judges has shortlisted ten projects for the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards, a celebration of the very best in contemporary architecture. The winners will be announced at a dedicated event during the international BATIMAT show in Paris with an exhibition of entries throughout the show from 4th to 8th November.
The sixteenth iteration of these increasingly popular, biennial design awards celebrates the growing influence of copper and its alloys in modern design. This year’s judging panel consisted of four architects, all recipients of previous Copper in Architecture Awards – Einar Jarmund (Jarmund/Vigsnæs, Norway), Craig Casci (Grid Architects, UK), Davide Macullo (Davide Macullo Architects, Switzerland), Anu Puustinen (Avanto Architects, Finland).
With an unprecedented 82 entries, the judges initially faced a daunting task and were impressed by the high standards demonstrated across the entries generally, with many examples of good buildings delivering their programmes well and contributing to their surroundings. But eventually they settled on ten projects that stood out from the rest, revealing a real diversity of typologies and approaches, and exceptional architectural qualities.
The 2013 shortlist consists of:
Seinäjoki City Library, Finland
photo © Martti Kapanen
designed by JKMM Architects – an assertive but respectful copper-clad, thoroughly contemporary addition to the most extensive cluster of Alvar Aalto buildings in the world.
Covering of the Runic Stones, Jelling, Denmark
photo © Jens Lindhe
designed by NOBEL arkitekter – deceptively simple, bronze and glass jewel-like structures protect nationally important, ancient runic stones, adding to the visitor experience.
Beslan Memorial, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
photo from organiser
designed by Dr Krekeler Generalplaner GmbH – dedicated to the victims of the Beslan School hostage drama in 2004, this delicate pierced copper alloy installation is both dignified and emotionally uplifting.
LCV law-court offices, Venice, Italy
photo © Pietro Savorelli
designed by C+S Architects – a simple, dark copper form manipulates the local industrial building typology and takes a unifying stance amongst the disparate collection of buildings surrounding it at the vehicular entrance to the city.
Dolomitenblick, Sexten, Italy
photo © Hertha Hurnaus
designed by Plasma Studio – copper and timber define the sculpted mass of this apartment building in the Dolomites, growing out of the natural topography and reflecting traditional roof forms.
L’Atelier, Gournay en Bray, France
photo © Luc Boegly
designed by Vincent Parreira Atelier Architecture – a new cultural and media centre nestles comfortably in its rural town setting, with a modern interpretation of vernacular architecture veiled in copper mesh.
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg, Sweden
photo © Lennart Hyse
designed by Semrén & Månsson – sympathetic but contemporary copper and glass additions transformed this nationally important, redundant building into a vibrant hotel, civic focal point and catalyst for urban regeneration.
Pôle Educatif et Culturel, Pau, France
photo © David Helman
designed by Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Architectes Associés – golden copper alloy panels, some perforated for transparency, form part of a restrained palette of materials unifying different elements of this school complex.
Radio-log Strahlentherapie, Hof, Germany
photo from organiser
designed by Hiendl_Schineis Architekten – this simple cubic form distances itself from the traditions of copper cladding with crisply detailed, pristine surfaces, which are intended to be highly reflective initially but changing over time.
Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal
photo João Morgado
designed by Pitágoras Aquitectos – the regeneration of the ancient centre of one of Portugal’s most historically important cities is defined by unifying abstract cubic forms, veiled by a grid of brass profiles.
The shortlisted projects will be presented and Award winners unveiled at BATIMAT, Paris, on Monday 4th November 2013. Architects and journalists are invited to the event in the Zoom Conference Room of Hall 5B at 11am, followed by a cocktail reception at 12.30pm. As places are limited, pre-registration is recommended via [email protected] before 15th September. Visitors to the French trade show will be able to see all the Award entries and engage with the architects at Stand 118 in Hall 5A (N Wing) – covering Roofing and Cladding – throughout the entire show. Free copies of the latest Copper Architecture Forum magazine and a dedicated Awards brochure will be available.
As part of a drive to generate dialogue with all those interested in architecture via the copperconcept.org web resource, for the first time registered website visitors can now vote on-line for their favourite shortlisted Awards entry with our Public Choice poll. Each voter will be entered into a draw to win an iPad Mini. The poll will close on 31st October 2013 and the Public Choice Winning project will be announced at the Awards event at BATIMAT, Paris.
More information and images of the shortlisted projects, and all 82 entries, can be viewed at: copperconcept.org/awards.
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