Arcadia Nursery brings together two existing University of Edinburgh nursery facilities, into a single, purpose-built complex. Although conceived as a free-flowing series of interconnected spaces internally, externally each age group’s playroom is clearly expressed as an inviting and domestic – but also contemporary – form, creating a sense of belonging and ownership for each age group. The resulting three pavilion roofs are clad in Nordic Royal golden copper alloy, as well as some facades complementing adjacent timber cladding.
Malcolm Fraser Architects selected Nordic Royal for its warm and friendly persona, so crucial to a nursery setting. Having used bronze on other projects, the designers felt that this would become too dark, whereas Nordic Royal will stay light, both in terms of the colour and visual weight, sitting well alongside the timber cladding. Double lock, standing seam joints were used to give structure to the pitched roofs but the Nordic Royal wall cladding is installed with a reverse coulisseau joint, avoiding projections that children might catch themselves on at low level.
Nordic Royal is produced by Aurubis, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. Other copper alloys include Nordic Bronze and Nordic Brass – now also available pre-weathered. 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. ..
Photo : Angus Bremner