The new Deptford Lounge - wrapped in a perforated skin of Nordic Royal golden copper alloy from Aurubis Architectural - demonstrates a new typology of school and community building and gives a civic focus to the local community.
Developed from an initial brief for a state-of-the-art public library and a new building for the relocated Tidemill Primary School, Pollard Thomas Edwards architects’ (PTEa) scheme creates a highly innovative mix of co-located uses on a single site. The complex houses facilities shared between the new primary school and the whole community via the Deptford Lounge, including a rooftop sports pitch, a flexible suite of assembly spaces and a dining hall and kitchen.
For the golden wrapping applied to the facades, rigid folded cassettes of Nordic Royal copper alloy provide sharp, clean joints between clearly defined panels which are set-out in a stretcher bond pattern, referencing historic timber hull construction in ship-building associated with Deptford. Different levels of perforation are used so that the transparency of the wrapping adds another dimension with the play of light. PTEa Project Architect Hamish Kilford-Brown commented:
“From a distance the golden form appears solid but close-up reveals itself as transparent and light-weight, floating above its glazed base. On a functional level, the wrapping provides solar shading to the large areas of glazing, while also allowing suitable levels of light in. We sought an inspiring material, with reflective properties that would give the building a jewel-like quality set against its main street context. Copper and its alloys have sound sustainable credentials with exceptional durability and lifespan. The weathering characteristics of this copper alloy are important: the material is virtually maintenance free and provides a surface that will change very little over time.”
Nordic Royal - an alloy of copper and aluminium with a long-lasting golden colour - 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. p>