JKMM Architects’ Seinäjoki City Library in Finland, a thoroughly contemporary addition to the most extensive cluster of Alvar Aalto buildings in the world, received a Commendation at the Awards.
The external skin of the new library is dominated by Nordic Brown Light pre-oxidised copper, contrasting with the whiteness of the surrounding buildings.
Copper has been used comprehensively across facades, plinth and roofs – creating a single-material skin.
A special shape of copper shingle was designed for the facades to give the building a unique and lively surface. In some situations, the shingle surface is formed into ventilation slots. Nordic Brown Light copper is also used to form vertical grilles and as a door facing to maintain material continuity.
Also Commended was the Dolomitenblick project in Sexten, Italy designed by Plasma Studio.
Here, Nordic Brown copper and larch timber provide a restrained, local material palette that defines the sculpted mass of this apartment building in the Dolomites, growing out of the natural topography and reflecting traditional roof forms. Copper balcony balustrades wrap around the building, meeting at a central incision that announces the entrance.
The Nordic Brown copper surrounds the mass on all sides, defining the roof as a continuation of the overall façade and building volume. Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper gives either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment.
Other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ as well as 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. Copper alloys include the new Nordic Bronze, Nordic Brass and the innovative Nordic Royal - an alloy with a long-lasting golden colour. Aurubis Architectural is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler.