The choice of copper on this prominent building anticipates the natural colour and surface changes that will occur

execute the shingle and standing-seam styles, numerous roof pitches and complex junctions. Seen from above, the pyramidal copper roofs of one house traces its form through its changing gutter systems that span between light-wells and the copper-clad entry canopy. Two of the houses facing the courtyard have surface-mounted fascia gutters in copper, shaped to falls and forming a cornice to the shutters below. The underside of the gutter forms a belly that projects in front of the window as a hopper, connecting with a copper downpipe that similarly crosses the window on its way to the ground. Rainwater can be heard trickling through the system of copper pipes which acts as a ‘weather register’. Each front door has an enlarged push plate in copper as part of a viewing panel assembly, containing door-bell, locking escutcheon and purpose- made pull handle in copper and brass which hides a letter plate.

Maersk Tower, Copenhagen – C F Møller

This major research building was designed as a sustainability landmark, in dialogue with the city and university, acting as a catalyst for positive urban development. The 15-storey tower rests on a series of low buildings containing common functions: three auditoriums, classrooms, canteen, show lab, conference rooms and a ‘book cafe’. The tower’s exterior appearance enters into a dialogue with the existing research complex and other surrounding buildings, where red brick dominates. The facade is a grid comprising storey-height window fields that break up the building’s substantial scale. These storey-height bands are fitted with over 3,000 vertical copper fins. The choice of copper on this prominent building anticipates the natural colour and surface changes that will occur over time.

Maersk Tower © Adam Mørk

A third of the fins move, enabling the facade to constantly change character as they open and close, responding to the sun’s path around the building. When activated, each section splits in two with one half remaining static while the other half slides in front of the window glass, limiting heat gain into the laboratories. This approach adds to the building’s sustainability credentials, alongside the choice of copper as an exceptionally long- life material that will eventually be recycled.



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