A Bronze Garden

Dow Jones Architects’ recently completed Garden Museum Phase 2 uses Nordic Bronze clad interventions to create a fresh yet gentle identity for a historic church and graveyard, differentiated from the neighbouring Lambeth Palace.

London’s Garden Museum is housed in the deconsecrated grade II* listed church of St Mary at Lambeth. Dow Jones Architects’ first phase in 2008 involved a two-storey gallery inside the church, creating new galleries, an education room and storage, and consolidated the nave as an events space.

The competition-winning second phase extends the museum both within the existing building and out into the churchyard, creating a new public face. New garden pavilions provide education rooms for a range of learning and community activities, and a café. They are connected by a glazed cloister that frames a new Dan Pearson designed garden and are clad in Nordic Bronze copper alloy from Aurubis.

Interlocking Nordic Bronze shingles with concealed fixings are set out in a distinctive, plate-like pattern conceived as being reminiscent of the flaking bark of the surrounding plane trees. The shingles wrap tightly around the façade, meeting the windows and slim warm roof construction to form a crisp outline. Mechanical extract vents are integrated into the cladding with custom bronze cowls that protrude outwards.

The architects chose Nordic Bronze as:

“a lightweight material that weather from a bright copper colour to an even earthy chocolate brown. This colour will allow the building to sit quietly within the graveyard, allowing the garden and church the strongest presence”.

Nordic Bronze is produced by Aurubis, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. Other copper alloys include Nordic Brass – now also available pre-weathered – and the innovative Nordic Royal, an alloy of copper with aluminium and zinc, giving it a rich golden through-colour and making it very stable.

The Aurubis architectural range also includes Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper, offering lighter or darker shades of brown determined by the thickness of the oxide layer. Various Nordic Green, Nordic Blue and Nordic Turquoise factory-applied patinas have also been developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world.

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