Copper Conflageation

Visitors approaching Żory in Poland are greeted by a dramatic, copper exhibition pavilion in the form of dancing flames – referencing the city’s historical links with fire and its Festival of Fire that continues to this day.

The sculptural design of the new pavilion, by architects OVO Grabczewscy Architekci (, was inspired by an irregularly shaped building area resulting from below-ground infrastructure and other constraints on its prominent site. Three independent walls, each clad in crisply detailed strips of Aurubis’ Nordic Standard copper, interact to create the ‘fire’, separated by fully glazed entrances. Copper also covers several internal wall surfaces, alongside exposed concrete.

The Museum of Fire will showcase and promote Żory to newcomers, tourists, partners and investors. During construction it was decided to make use of excavated below-ground space, which is now an exhibition hall. Above, the ground floor houses a multi-functional hall, information and reception area.

Black stone floors reach out into the landscape through the three glazed entrances integrating the surrounding landscaping with the building. An outdoor exhibition space is anticipated that will be used during the Festival of Fire.

In addition to the Nordic Standard copper used on the Museum of Fire, other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas, pre-oxidised Nordic Brown and various copper alloys.

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