Two single-family home projects, the Hidden Path Residence and Gap Cove House, have been named among the 15 winning projects in the 2019 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.
The awards are open to building projects of any kind completed in the United States or Canada within the past three years using a “significant” application of an architectural copper alloy or alloys. Each project is judged based on its copper systems, craft of installation, integration with overall design and excellence in innovation or restoration as necessary.
The Hidden Path Residence in Shelter Island, N.Y. incorporates a mix of copper and western red cedar in its roofing and wall cladding systems. The flat-seam copper roof is made from a series of 18-by-24 inch copper sheet panels in a running bond pattern. All of the home’s built-in gutters, downspouts and roof-edge fascia trim elements are also made of copper.
The contrast between the home’s exterior materials is designed to express its volumetric organization. As it ages, the copper will develop a patina that will contrast the surrounding environment.
The home was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, with copper roofing and siding installed by TRM Enterprises.
The Gap Cove House on the Rockport, Mass. coast is a net-zero home, designed by Ruhl Studio Architects in collaboration with the local Conservation Commission. The copper exterior cladding, installed by Paul John and Son, was chosen both for its appearance and its practical characteristics, including its lifespan, low maintenance requirements, and resilience against the elements.
As the home’s patina develops, it will match the green and gray tones of the lichen-covered rocks that surround the home.