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Press Information PR693 issued: 21/09/2005 Starts……. EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS WINNERS A beautiful church in

PR693 issued: 21/09/2005

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EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS WINNERS

A beautiful church in Finland designed by Kari Jarvinen Ja Merja Nieminen has won the

European category of the 2005 COPPER IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS with Staab Architekten’s Service Centre on Theresienwiese, Munich gaining a Commendation. Two

very different buildings were judged joint winners in the UK category.

The design-led competition has been expanded this year to include a new special award for European projects, as well as categories for UK architects, students and craftsmanship. The Awards attracted some sixty entries in total and the panel of architect and critic judges commented on the particularly high standard of design and presentation.

Kari Jarvinen Ja Merja Nieminen’s winning Laajasalo Church uses copper in ‘strata’, almost

like a cliff face, with soft colours and controlled tones which will develop over time, adding to the harmonious relationship with its natural landscape setting. The build-up of copper panels

is concealed with flat, striated surfaces creating an extreme horizontality and tactile quality.

The light, airy interior spaces also possess a strong quality and all the materials used blend harmoniously.

In contrast, Staab Architekten’s commended Service Centre on Theresienwiese, Munich,

Germany is a bold, monolithic building, forged from a perforated copper screen, which could be considered as a bar of gold in the landscape, particularly intriguing to visitors. A rigorously executed abstract statement, this is an extreme solution which works well in its sensitive location, possessing a calmness which modifies our sense of scale.

The UK category joint winners Feilden Clegg Bradley’s Westfield Student Village, Queen Mary University of London and Marks Barfield Architects’ Spiral Café in Birmingham are completely different in their intentions, locations, scale and budget – but both achieve their aims with real panache. Full details of the Awards can be found on www.cda.org.uk/arch.

For design inspiration www.copperconcept.org contains numerous project references from around Europe. …………ends.

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EUROPEAN AWARDS

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Caption - Kari Jarvinen Ja Merja Nieminen’s Laajasalo Church in Finland , European

Winner

Photo credit: Jussi Tiainen

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Caption - Staab Architekten’s Munich Service Centre in Germany, which received a

Commendation

Photo credit: Werner Huthmacher

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Further images of all the award winners and shortlisted projects are available in digital form

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