Copper buildings become the hallmarks of cities and live with us, aging nobly, patinating and on this basis, as by cutting a tree and its rings, we can try to determine when it was built.
We like this architecture and very soon such a building will appear in Kharkov. And now we will tell you about several interesting examples of the world practice of architecture.
The american copper buildings
The American architectural company SHoP Architescts has already completed the construction of a skyscraper in Manhattan, more precisely, two connected bridges in New York, USA. Atlanta with copper wall cladding and curved silhouettes are connected by a floating bridge between them at an altitude of more than 90m above the ground.
The copper buildings, as the architects themselves christened them, are located on First Avenue and 36th Street, along the East River. When facing two giants, as much as 4.25 million pounds of untreated copper was used. In addition to atypical copper cladding, skyscrapers have atypical curved silhouettes.
The “Sky Bridge”, installed between the buildings, houses an indoor pool, massage baths, a bar and a lounge area. The main purpose of the buildings is apartments for sale and rent with a beautiful view. The towers themselves have a two-story fitness center with a climbing wall, yoga studios, spa treatment rooms, a Turkish marble hammam and a small auxiliary pool, a kitchen, a bar, and a children's playroom.
The spacious windows of the apartments, which are naturally premium, offer stunning views of the Empire State Building, the East River and Manhattan itself. The co-founder of SHoP, Greg Pascarelli, even at the very beginning of the construction of the towers in his speech noted that the decision to use the copper cladding of the buildings was inspired by the Statue of Liberty in New York.
These skyscrapers bring dynamics to the already most dynamic metropolis in the world.
Copenhagen Architectural Dominant Copper
In Denmark, Copenhagen a new Maersk tower, lined with copper, appeared and immediately became the new architectural dominant of the University of Copenhagen and, concurrently, an ultramodern training and research center. The building, with an area of 42,700 m2, was designed by C.F. Møller in an unusual style.
The choice of the shape of the building and materials was dictated by the task of creating a design that acts in dialogue and does not contradict the immediate environment of the building, including the copper-covered tower of the Skt church. Johannes Kirke and the current existing university complex Panum.
TECU® Classic_bond and TECU® Classic_mesh have been selected for the sophisticated façade design with perfectly fitting window openings. The facade elements are made in the form of trihedra, 7 different "contours" of which became the basis of individual solutions for all 15 floors. Copper elements were skillfully made at the factory and skillfully installed during other construction works, which allowed creating an attractive copper cladding for the building - a new architectural dominant not only of the University, but we are not afraid to say - Copenhagen. Most interestingly, copper is a very active metal and in order for other metals of window systems and the frame under copper cladding to not corrode, a very serious engineering base and atypical solutions for the use of contacting materials are required.
From all of the above, we want to note that copper buildings and facades are actively gaining momentum and create the architectural attractiveness of the cities in which such buildings were erected. Such a building is not only business cards, but also the result of complex engineering decisions. In one of the following articles, we will talk about one of Norman Foster’s very interesting projects to create a building with a copper facade.