Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

Phoenix, Arizona

New Construction

Architect

CO Architects
Los Angeles, California

Sheet Metal Contractor

Kovach Building Enclosures
Chandler, Arizona

The design of the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at the University of Arizona’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus is inspired by Arizona’s iconic, majestic mountains. The building’s striated texture is achieved by manipulating 90-95 percent recycled copper, forming a sunscreen of sorts. The cladding system utilizes nearly 4,800 formed, bent and perforated copper panels to reflect light and cast shadows that reflect the striated canyon walls. To meet the design intent, panels are custom shaped with folds. Due to its durability, malleability and high ductility, the copper cladding could be formed and stretched into complex and intricate surfaces without breaking.

Architectural Category: Horizon Seam Roofs and Walls

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography