The new heart of Teesside University’s campus in Middlesbrough is defined by Nordic Royal golden copper alloy, enveloping Austin-Smith:Lord’s new Teaching and Conference Building – known as The Curve.
Different elements of the new building are linked and expressed by a curved façade that wraps around the north, east and south elevations, embracing the western end of the ‘Campus Heart’ square, with the 200-seat auditorium ‘floating’ over the main entrance below. Although most existing, neighbouring buildings are in a light coloured masonry, the architects felt that mirroring this might not re-define the character of the existing space vigorously enough.
Austin-Smith:Lord explained: “The desire for an identifiable, landmark building that is fresh, exciting and unique suggested we should be bold in our choice of materials. We chose to use a golden copper alloy cladding system that easily forms the curved wall surfaces and accommodates the shaped cut outs for windows. The copper alloy brings an additional warmth and texture to the new ‘Campus Heart’ with a material that will maintain its high-quality appearance with negligible maintenance.
Produced by Aurubis, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler, 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.
Other copper alloys from Aurubis 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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