Brass quays in Sweden with Aurubis Architectural

Recent renovation of the Strömkajen quayside – one of Stockholm’s most iconic and busiest areas – included a range of new terminal buildings, serving local ferries and sightseeing boats, and characterised by Nordic Brass cladding.

Swedish architects Marge Arkitekterhe designed the series of thoroughly modern, but low-key, buildings along the city centre water-front to defer to their historic surroundings and prioritise open views of the Royal Palace. The architect’s concept involved interacting ‘cones’ – units of varying size and number depending on each function and location, generating buildings without specific fronts or backs.

Roofs and walls are clad with Nordic Brass, which harmonises well with the stone and stucco facades in the background and creates a unified, sculptural architectural expression. In addition, the Nordic Brass surfaces were burnished by specialists and variations in surface texture achieved using a range of techniques. On this exposed quayside site, Nordic Brass also offers great corrosion resistance and durability.

In addition to Nordic Brass – which is now also available pre-weathered – copper alloys include Nordic Bronze and the innovative Nordic Royal, an alloy with a long-lasting golden colour. Other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’, as well as Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper giving either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment.

Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas are also available – developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Here, the process can be accurately controlled so that, as well as the solid blue or green patina colours, other intensities of patina flecks can be created revealing some of the dark oxidised background material giving a ‘living’ surface.

Aurubis Architectural is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. More information can be found at: