One side of the L-shaped Dundee Arts Centre is a new building, a steel-framed structure clad with pre-patinated copper panels and covered with a lightweight standing-seam aluminium roof. The other side of the
L-shape is an existing brick building, formerly a warehouse, which has been given a new roof structure and matching aluminium roof covering.
The old and new parts meet at an internal glazed corner behind which is located a cafe/bar on the ground floor, overlooking a terrace. The glazed wall slides back to give customers access to the terrace in good weather. When the building is closed the glazed wall can be screened by a sliding solid shutter to form a backdrop for performances in the cafe/bar.
The components of the facade, glass, copper, original brickwork and sliding walls, lie on distinctly separate planes, with one slipping behind the other to emphasise the separation. The glass wall, a Crittall's Corporate 2000 system, forms the innermost plane, and appears to lie behind the copper cladding. The copper is fabricated in rectangular panels with vertical standing seams and lapped joints. It is sheathed in plywood and fixed to a timber or blockwork backing.
The original single-skin brickwork, 215mm thick, stands well forward of the copper, so that it appears to be a separate element, never reaching the eaves but remaining as a 'formalised ruin' of the original building. Rainwater falling behind the brickwork and next to the copper cladding is collected by an internal gutter and drained through small copper gargoyles set in the brickwork.