Modern materialism: copper, natural beauty in architecture
The copper is one of the most striking and yet very rarely use for landscaping materials. Its strong effect is due to its cycling ability. The patina sat permanently on and ensures the transition between the shades of Orange, Brown, green. This transition may take up to a total of 10 years. Through the mixture of copper and zinc, to create brass. The bronze is a result from the mating of copper with aluminium, nickel, or silver.
The copper in the Center stands today. We will continue to put a strong accent on the green patina that is associated with it. In addition, you will find some practical advice for the use of the material.
Use copper in architecture
The architect Travis Price has a clear preference for the copper and the patina green from this resulting. This designer works in Washington. The houses, which he created, disappear practically in the green surroundings.
The copper is expensive, soft and very persistent
These characteristics make it ideal for thin layers. These can be combined wonderfully. In a further, created by price residence, combining the soft curves of the copper wall wonderfully with extremely long pieces.
The high cost of copper are compensated by their often occurring in reprocessing. Three-fourths of the amount of copper used in the architecture is again processed. This amount is similar to the newly acquired metal.
The use of new processed copper contributes greatly to environmental protection
Copper is resistant to corrosion and this feature makes it also suitable for use in outdoor areas. This changed however, when copper is combined with cedar wood. In this case, corrosion will occur.
That’s why you should respect extremely pictured on the separation between the metal and the Cedar installations such as here.
Similar but weaker effect shows the combination of copper, stainless steel, lead, aluminium, zinc and iron. For this reason the metal caps should also be like copper.
As already mentioned, the green patina is created after about 10 years, if you can leave this natural development
Acids and certain processing can accelerate this process. But the effect not the natural will be exactly the same.
In the illustration here, we see a house in West Virginia. This is different from the previous examples the vertical structure of the panels. Through this solution, the architect has created a parallel to the surrounding trees.
The close-up of the facade reveals the Green Stähnchen of the facade
But you can see also the vertical set up joints. Continue to the dominance of the panels is striking.
On the basis of the main features of copper (the ability to create easy to bend corrosion in other materials, solder, weld) one rather prefers the welding as the mechanical combination with other elements. Thus, the copper is also a very wide usage.
The Patina copper may lead to changing the color of adjacent materials such as stone, stucco, concrete and other lighter surfaces
This ability must have had in terms of price: reads on the facade below. He has used brightly painted stucco on the facade. This is connected with white shingles with copper.
The other figure shows a residence, which was designed by architects Wnuk Spurlock architecture
This home shows two units of painted copper. They were positioned on the side of the middle range. There you can find COR ten steel. This is a material which gets its own type Edelrost covering.
In the next picture we see a variation of the Edelrostes
This project of the CCS Architecture Studio displays stacked units
To develop discernment, you could see now this side facades, which have developed yet no patina. Each of these is similar to the other according to their shape and size, but each is covered with various materials.
The middle area of patina will develop over time and this will contribute to the integration of the House in the surrounding area.
You can see here an appropriately named “Kupferhaus” in Sydney
It’s a work of the clock. Studio for architecture Studios. By acidification of the materials here, reaching a combination of colors.
The resulting copper patina is the result of sulfur compounds
These are possible through contact with the atmosphere in some specific areas. In industrial and coastal areas and in areas with high moisture speeds up the process.
Although the copper area is much smaller than this with the wood here, and yet, its effect is much stronger
Now we come to our last example. It demonstrates how the copper can get a strong expressiveness.
Now ask yourself how you won deal knowledge in practice with the of this article. First, you must know the conversion ability of copper and provide thus the negative and positive consequences from this. Still, you could draw creative ideas for the design of your country home. In any case, we hope to have been helpful to you.
University of Toronto – curious architecture