Aurubis Architectural’s Nordic Blue Living creates copper gardens at BDP rejuvenation project

Aurubis Architectural’s Nordic Blue Living pre-patinated copper provides material continuity for a range of additions that transform a London public space.

Architects BDP recently completed a rejuvenation of Brown Hart Gardens, set within a residential area in the heart of Mayfair, immediately adjacent to Oxford Street. The Gardens form an elevated public square above a Grade II listed electricity substation, originally built in 1905. The project provides greatly improved public accessibility and facilities for relaxation, recreation and community events, with flexible planting and seating elements, and a pavilion.

New interventions include a staircase and lift structure, clad in Nordic Blue Living, to meet modern accessibility demands and announce the Gardens’ entrance to pedestrians approaching from Oxford Street. The glass box of the café, which unifies outside and inside spaces, is pierced by a copper service structure and planters with concealed lighting are also clad in Nordic Blue Living. Continuing the Gardens’ long tradition of water features, a new bronze reflective pool playfully trickles water down the ribbed bronze back added to an original seat, adding movement and sound.

Copper, as well as other lightweight materials, met the structural constraints of the original deck but was also central to the design concept. BDP Project Architect Sara Edmonds said:

“We wanted to use copper as it has historic associations as well as being a modern material. We decided on the unusual, gentle blue-green shade of Nordic Blue Living from Aurubis to complement the Portland stone. Aurubis were closely involved throughout the design process, providing material samples and advice.”

Nordic Blue has properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Green factory-applied patinas, Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper with either light or dark brown oxidisation. Copper alloys include Nordic Bronze, Nordic Brass and Nordic Royal with a long-lasting golden colour. Aurubis Architectural is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler.

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