Community copper

A new community centre, providing support to young people, is characterised by a dramatic rain-screen clad in Nordic Brown Light copper from Aurubis Architectural.

Located close to the historic town centre of Denbigh, Hwb Dinbych is an innovative, multi-purpose facility for young people, incorporating supported housing. The design by John McCall Architects aims to provide openness, visibility and accessibility from the street, as well as ‘ownership’ by the young. It is conceived as two main masses: the copper-clad volume of the Youth Enterprise Centre/College and the concrete-faced volume of the supported housing block.

The Nordic Brown copper rain-screen peels away from the street elevation and extends past the entrance atrium glazing to provide solar shading and to frame views of the nearby castle. Particular care was taken with the rhythm of the copper standing seams to avoid formality and repetition, and give the main street elevation a natural feel. The building has been rated BREEAM “excellent” for energy use and “very good” overall. Copper and other materials were selected for recyclability and reduced environmental impact.

Nordic Brown products are pre-oxidised at Aurubis’ factory to give straightaway the same oxidised brown surface that otherwise develops over time in the environment. The thickness of the oxide layer determines the colour: either Nordic Brown Light or the darker Nordic Brown. Other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’, as well as Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas – developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Copper alloys include the new Nordic Bronze, Nordic Brass, which is now also available pre-weathered, and the innovative Nordic Royal – an alloy with a long-lasting golden colour.

Aurubis Architectural is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. For more information, visit: or email: g.bell(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)