Stunning Copper New Building Façades – A new Architectural Innovation!

Brass

A new kind of Brass – modern and expressive.

Copper alloys are the new “highlight” façade materials: singular, extremely durable and distinctly “alive”.

One of the best-known copper alloys, Brass is given particular quality in the form of a special alloy of copper and zinc, is used for covering the outside surfaces of buildings, such as residential, healthcare, commercial, hospitality, corporate, cultural and educational.

Characteristics: Prefabricated system, alloy of copper and zinc, extremely durable, weathers naturally to exterior

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Copper alloys are the new “highlight” façade materials: singular, extremely durable and distinctly “alive”. One of the best-known copper alloys, Brass is given particular quality in the form of TECU®Brass, a special alloy of copper and zinc, materials which display individual characteristics as they weather naturally to exteriors.

The original surface of TECU® Brass changes through from initial matting gradually to a greenish-brown, that further develops to greyish brown then dark brown/anthracite colours. Sloped areas such as roofs ultimately develop a patina surface, akin to that of pure copper, yet quite clearly different.

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Walpole House was the first residence west of the Royal Hospital, on the south side of Paradise Row.

The whole of the external appearance of the present building is from the design of Sir John Soane, and dates from 1810, with the exception of the south-west extension, which has been made since.

Sir John Soane, as resident architect or, as he was called, «clerk of the works» to the Royal Hospital, converted Walpole House into a new Infirmary for the pensioners, and he has left in his museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields several interesting plans and sketches showing how this was done.

The plan of the house, then known as Lord Yarborough’s, shows a long rambling building without any very coherent arrangement.

The front entrance was in the court of the Hospital stable yard, which extended further west than the present stables, rebuilt by Soane, and was approached through a gateway, not in Paradise Row itself but in an extension of Smith Street, now within the gates of the Hospital.

It is curious that a house of the importance of Walpole House should have had its principal entrance in the stable yard; the fact, however, is quite clear from the Soane drawings, and we read in Lysons that «Sir Robert Walpole became possessed of a house and garden in the stable yard, Chelsea» and that «he improved and added to the house, considerably enlarged the gardens by a purchase of some land from the Gough family, built the octagon summer-house at the end of the terras and a large greenhouse where he had a fine collection of exotics.»

WALPOLE HOUSE

Sources: www.archdaily.com, http://www.british-history.ac.uk

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