A golden crown of Nordic Royal copper alloy from Aurubis defines the new cultural centre in the Swedish town of Landvetter.
Designed by Fredblad Arkitekter, the new culture centre is intended as an urban hub for the community. It was conceived as a simple white box, crowned by a recessed volume clad in Nordic Royal golden copper alloy and set behind a roof garden. The white rendered base of the building brightens the space around it. Then, for the top floor, the architects needed a colourful and reflective material that would emphasize the angled façade and roof form.
Their choice of Nordic Royal had symbolic as well as architectural and practical reasons. Copper and its alloys are high-end, quality materials with a certain civic status and presence, offering a good contrast to the simpler materials used for the interiors and also referencing musical instruments made of brass. In fact, some interior detailing is in brass, connecting it with the exterior copper alloy.
Nordic Royal is an innovative alloy of copper with aluminium and zinc, giving a rich golden through-colour that is very stable. The surface retains its golden colour and simply loses some of its sheen as the oxide layer thickens with exposure to the atmosphere, resulting in a protective matt finish. It behaves differently to other copper products over time and does not develop a blue or green patina.
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.
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Photo: Per Karehed