A dramatic atrium roof, conceived as a shattering star and clad in Nordic Royal golden copper alloy from Aurubis Architectural, defines an innovative new hotel complex in Norway.
Architects Space Group set about redefining the atrium typology with their design for the new Clarion Hotel in Trondheim - one of Scandinavia's largest convention hotels. Slab-like private room wings are orientated to capture surrounding views and converge to generate a thoroughly three-dimensional central atrium with a complex, faceted roof form. The cascading, deconstructed golden star is clad both inside and out with Nordic Royal - an alloy of copper and aluminium with a long-lasting golden colour.
The building is a dramatic sight from any angle, but particularly from above where most visitors first view it, when arriving by air. Space Group project architect Jens Niehues commented:
“In Nordic Royal we found a material which enabled us to design with a vibrant surface which reflects the inherent function of the ‘Star’ and gives it a rich, golden through-colour. Besides realising our conceptual intentions, of course the material also had to meet the technical challenges of the demanding climate of the west coast of Norway. The choice of this alloy definitely paid off in the final building.”
Nordic Royal is produced by Aurubis Architectural, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler.
In addition to Nordic Standard copper, other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas - developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper gives either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment. Other copper alloys include the new Nordic Bronze and Nordic Brass.
photographs by Joern Adde