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Transparency and Connectivity: The Glass Skybridge Linking SHoP Architects' American Copper Buildings

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Transparency and Connectivity: The Glass Skybridge Linking SHoP Architects' American Copper Buildings, The Skybridge is the centrepiece of the architecture - thanks to this linking element, building services can be supplied to both towers via one common system. © JDS / Photo by Max Touhey
The Skybridge is the centrepiece of the architecture - thanks to this linking element, building services can be supplied to both towers via one common system. © JDS / Photo by Max Touhey

Artfully dancing together to the beat of their own drum, the familiar look of the New York skyline has now been broken up by an eye-catching pair of skyscrapers on the banks of the East River. The dual copper-clad residential towers are reminiscent of a couple dancing, leaning back slightly and linked together by a bridge with a metallic reflecting finish half-way up the tower. The glass for the 100-meter-high skybridge for this extraordinary project was created by the Swiss specialists Glas Trösch which developed a complex, double-insulating glass with an internally laminated, metallic web to give a glossy finish.

6 Materials That Age Beautifully

09:30 - 26 March, 2018
6 Materials That Age Beautifully, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

Often as architects we neglect how the buildings we design will develop once we hand them over to the elements. We spend so much time understanding how people will use the building that we may forget how it will be used and battered by the weather. It is an inevitable and uncertain process that raises the question of when is a building actually complete; when the final piece of furniture is moved in, when the final roof tile is placed or when it has spent years out in the open letting nature take its course?

Rather than detracting from the building, natural forces can add to the material’s integrity, softening its stark, characterless initial appearance. This continuation of the building process is an important one to consider in order to create a structure that will only grow in beauty over time. To help you achieve an ever-growing building, we have collated six different materials below that age with grace.

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Unveils Copper Clad Residential Tower in Ski, Norway

12:00 - 18 December, 2017
© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has unveiled plans for a copper-clad residential tower to be built in a new green neighborhood located on the site of a former military settlement, in Ski Vest, Norway. 

© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Site sketch. Image © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter + 6

Call for Entries: 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards

14:10 - 6 December, 2017
Call for Entries: 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards

Architects, designers and sheet metal contractors are invited to submit their copper building projects for the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program through January 31, 2018. Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes and promotes architectural copper and copper alloy structures in North America.

In 2008, the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) launched the NACIA awards program to highlight the innovative uses of architectural copper in the United States and Canada. Past NACIA winners include government buildings, libraries, museums, firehouses, educational buildings, private residences and places of worship.

CEBRA's Spiral Staircase Floats Weightlessly With 10 Tons of Copper

08:00 - 28 November, 2017
© David Trood
© David Trood

Walking in through the entrance of the Experimentarium by architecture firm CEBRA, visitors can immediately take notice of the radiating copper Helix staircase. The Helix staircase is 100 meters long, supported with 160 tons of steel and clad and 10 tons of 7mm thick copper

© David Trood © David Trood © David Trood © David Trood + 18

10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs

14:00 - 28 May, 2017
10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs, Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards
Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards

With a combination of resilience, sustainability, and pleasing aesthetics, the use of copper in architectural design is often indicative of a building’s craft and attention to detail, as demonstrated by fifteen projects selected as recipients for the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA). The 10th edition of the annual awards celebrates a variety of projects throughout North America for their “outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.” Projects were selected across three categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration, and Ornamental Applications. 

Here are this year’s fifteen NACIA winners:

© NAVA Companies et al © Jeff Goldberg © doublespace photography © Bill Timmerman Timmerman Photography + 16

AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto

05:00 - 14 March, 2016
AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto, Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak
Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak

Originally built as the headquarters for the Finnish Communist Party, the House of Culture (Kultuuritalo in Finnish) has since established itself as one of Helsinki’s most popular concert venues.[1] Comprising a rectilinear copper office block, a curved brick auditorium, and a long canopy that binds them together, the House of Culture represents the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto’s work with red brick architecture in the 1950s.

12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards

14:00 - 24 May, 2015
12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards, University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM
University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has announced its selections for the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA), now in their eighth year. The awards celebrate stellar projects that incorporate copper in their designs. The 12 award-winning works span three categories and include educational, residential and healthcare buildings in addition to historic landmarks.

Winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals based on their overall design, incorporation and treatment of copper, and distinction in either innovation or historic restoration. 

Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration / Treanor Architects. Image © Treanor Architects Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell, MD / Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Image  Orchard Willow Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing Harvard University Tozzer Library / Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Image © John Horner + 13

Isabella Stewart Gardner Expansion / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

09:00 - 8 August, 2011
Isabella Stewart Gardner Expansion / Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Elevation from Palace Road  © RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP, 2010
Elevation from Palace Road © RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP, 2010

Opening in 2012, the $118 million steel, glass, and copper-clad expansion to Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Renzo Piano Building Workshop will more than double the size of the current facility. Included in the project are a new entrance, music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.

M.H. de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

13:15 - 30 June, 2010
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Area

    293000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2005