Design Sketch

Copper House

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The concept of this project was to emulate the changing deciduous landscape. Due to the dramatic changes in seasons and the potential hazards of forest fires, we chose a dynamic material that is known for it’s evolving composition–copper. Covering the entire exterior in copper is not only an innovative way to protect his rural ranch house from raging forest fires, but it is also pleasing to the eye and is virtually maintenance-free in this rugged environment. Aesthetically, colors of the copper exterior appear to change during the course of a day as the light changes and the design contains several “framed activities” with the window placements and entries; such as, walking up the stairs, working at the desk and taking a shower. The project was also dependent on off-the-grid sustainability challenges so we integrated a 12 panel, 24Kw solar energy system. Additionally, the design utilized cross-ventilation and thermal mass techniques, as well as radiant heat, that maximizes energy efficiency.

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