Water Sculpture and Copper
With an external skin of Nordic Standard copper from Aurubis, a new entrance pavilion with an innovative ‘water printer’ sculpture, designed by Pracownia Projektowa ART FM, celebrates the regeneration of a remarkable 19th century reservoir in the Polish city of Wrocław.
One of only a few well-preserved historic water supply plants in Europe and a protected monument, the redundant reservoir structure has now been converted into ‘Hydropolis’ – the only knowledge centre in Poland devoted entirely to water. The new pavilion is roofed and clad in Nordic Standard copper, intended to oxidise naturally and harmonise with the brickwork. It includes perforated panels – some sliding – in front of the glazed entrance.
The ‘water printer’ is made up of twelve modules concealed behind the copper façade, each with controlled solenoid valves and nozzles creating effects with the water. The pre-programmed patterns and captions are a prelude to the theme of the exhibition, enabling visitor interaction and first contact with water. A video including the water sculpture can be viewed at:
Nordic Brown Light pre-oxidised copper cladding adds the finishing touch to the entrance hall, illuminating the interior and harmonising with matt black metal and concrete surfaces. Sunlight penetrates through irregular holes in the perforated panels, fills the space and creates a unique interplay of light and reflections. Along with three other Aurubis copper-clad projects, Hydropolis has been shortlisted for the 2017 European Copper in Architecture Awards: http://copperconcept.org/en/awards. All four shortlisted projects will also be featured on the Aurubis stand at the ‘100% Design’ event in London Olympia, 20-23 September.
Aurubis is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. Other Aurubis architectural surfaces include Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper with darker oxidisation than Nordic Brown Light. Various Nordic Green, Nordic Blue and Nordic Turquoise factory-applied patinas have also been developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world.
Aurubis copper alloys include Nordic Brass – now also available pre-weathered – Nordic Bronze and the innovative Nordic Royal with a long-lasting golden colour. Aurubis is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.aurubis.com/finland/architectural
Photo: Michał Łagoda