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Green Copper house

Builder: Steele Associates Construction Architect: Richard Cole Architecture

 

 

The stunning coastal location of this house creates the magnificent views as well as plenty of challenges around weather tightness and durability for this unique residence.

We worked with our clients to reduce the original tender price by over $300,000 without sacrificing the design integrity of the house. We also worked with multiple consultants and suppliers to integrate cutting edge green technologies into the project.

Although the design was detailed for tender by the architect, Fox Johnson Architects weren’t involved in the construction phase, and we worked directly with the client to refine and improve the detailing for durability and economy throughout the construction process. We also worked with them to accommodate some fairly extensive design amendments along the way to achieve the fine details you see here.

The highly detailed copper cladding called for just about all known tricks of the trade. And it doesn’t get much more challenging than organically curved walls tiled with hexagonal stone mosaics, topped off with shadow line architraves. The walls had to be very accurately lined, and were further feathered with acrylic render before the painstaking tiling work.

We’re most proud of the environmental systems of the house, which have been recognized with an MBA award and an HIA finalist placing. As well as extensive insulation, thermal mass, shading and other passive features. The house has a 7.0KW solar system with battery backup, phase change material, and a hydronic heating system to vastly reduce its environmental impact.