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EUROPEAN COPPER IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS


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Bosruck Tunnel © Otto Hainzl


Bosruck Tunnel, Austria – Riepl Riepl Architekten


The 5.5 km Bosruck Tunnel passes through the Ennstal Alps, connecting Upper Austria with Styria in the south east. The original, two-way traffic tunnel has been renovated and a second, new tunnel built alongside. Now part of the A9 Pyhrn motorway, it is used by around 18,000 vehicles each day. This impressive engineering feat is announced by new portal structures at both ends of the tunnel. The highly architectonic approach taken is unusual for projects of this kind, suggesting a new building typology in celebration of transport infrastructure. The architecture is thoroughly modern and the design strategy almost theatrical. A series of screens – made up of perforated brass cassettes, profiled and arranged to reflect the verticality of the surroundings – partially conceal buildings


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and equipment essential to the tunnel’s operation and safety.


The rhythms of the vertical brass screens highlight the experience of travellers as they approach and drive straight through the building, via the dramatic ‘flying roof’ entrance and exit galleries, acting as transi- tion spaces between inside and out. Brass was chosen for its long-life and durability, including resistance to road salt, following trials simulating the exposure of the material over 30 years.


Walmer Yard, London – Peter Salter Associates


A modestly-scaled scheme of four houses, Walmer Yard is intriguing and intimately designed and detailed. Copper is used to clad various roof forms, relying on the expertise of craftsmen to successfully


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Walmer Yard © Hélène Binet


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