Copper was one of the first metals used by man and is one of our oldest building materials with exceptionally long-life – demonstrated over hundreds of years.
Realizing designs in copper
Modern architects have focused on copper as a layer covering entire surfaces in order to enhance buildings’ form and maintain material continuity.
Copper is a beautiful, durable and timeless material with unique properties and performance benefits. Available in many shades of colour as well as many lively surfaces.
Uniqueness of copper
Copper is a beautiful, durable and timeless material with unique properties and performance benefits. There are some copper roofs which are around 350 years old.
Copper can easily be formed mechanically or by hand, on site or in the workshop, to suit virtually any three dimensional shape – including complex curves and details.
AE oxidisation and patination
When exposed to the climate, copper surface begins a natural process, which is dependent upon local environmental conditions, orientation and inclination of the surface.
Copper’s environmental profile
Essential for all life
Copper is a naturally-occurring element in the environment. It is present in the earth’s crust, in oceans, lakes and rivers, from minute trace element levels through to rich mine deposits.
All of our architectural copper products are manufactured by 100% recycled raw-material. Copper’s ability to be recycled repeatedly, without any loss in performance, is an important sustainable benefit.
Today, around 50% of Europe’s copper demand is met by recycled material. It has been estimated that at least 65% of all copper ever mined is still in use, or available for use, today, having been recycled over and over.
In addition to Nordic Blue, Nordic Green and Nordic Turquoise pre-patinated copper, other Aurubis ranges include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidized copper offering lighter or darker shades of brown determined by the thickness of the oxide layer. Aurubis copper alloys include Nordic Brass – now available pre-weathered – Nordic Bronze and the innovative Nordic Royal with a long-lasting golden colour. An extensive choice of Nordic Décor mechanically applied surface treatments is also available, particularly suited to interior design.