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Copper-clad Fall House goes green ... literally

The Fall House, by Fougeron Architecture (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House, by Fougeron Architecture (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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San-Franciscan firm Fougeron Architecture recently completed work on an unusual copper-clad home, dubbed Fall House (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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San-Franciscan firm Fougeron Architecture recently completed work on an unusual copper-clad home, dubbed Fall House (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House is located within California's Big Sur coastline (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House is located within California's Big Sur coastline (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
It features sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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It features sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House measures a total floorspace of 353 sq m (3,800 sq ft), spread over two storeys (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House measures a total floorspace of 353 sq m (3,800 sq ft), spread over two storeys (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The house features a large glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The house features a large glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The house sports two facades (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The house sports two facades (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The house is located in a severe fire zone (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The house is located in a severe fire zone (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Energy-efficient features used in the build include Low-E glazed windows (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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Energy-efficient features used in the build include Low-E glazed windows (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Underfloor radiant hydronic heating was also installed (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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Underfloor radiant hydronic heating was also installed (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Formaldehyde-free denim serves as an alternative and non-harmful insulation material (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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Formaldehyde-free denim serves as an alternative and non-harmful insulation material (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The layout of Fall House facilitates stack ventilation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The layout of Fall House facilitates stack ventilation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Hot air is pushed to the top of the home and expelled outside through vents (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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Hot air is pushed to the top of the home and expelled outside through vents (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House features an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House features an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House is located in California (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House is located in California (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The design of the Fall House comprises two large rectangular boxes, which are joined by a glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The design of the Fall House comprises two large rectangular boxes, which are joined by a glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House, by Fougeron Architecture (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House, by Fougeron Architecture (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The design of the Fall House comprises two large rectangular boxes, which are joined by a glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The design of the Fall House comprises two large rectangular boxes, which are joined by a glass library (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House measures a total floorspace of 353 sq m (3,800 sq ft), spread over two storeys (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House measures a total floorspace of 353 sq m (3,800 sq ft), spread over two storeys (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The house is located in a severe fire zone (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The house is located in a severe fire zone (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Fougeron Architecture also added drought-resistant and native vegetation to reduce soil erosion and aid local wildlife, while a section of green roof aids insulation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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Fougeron Architecture also added drought-resistant and native vegetation to reduce soil erosion and aid local wildlife, while a section of green roof aids insulation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The Fall House was completed in 2014 (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
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The Fall House was completed in 2014 (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)
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Architectural drawing of the Fall House (Image: Fougeron Architecture)

San-Francisco-based Fougeron Architecture recently completed an unusual – and frankly very appealing – luxury home that's located along California's Big Sur coastline. Dubbed Fall House, the residence in question features a significant amount of sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean, but the highlight is a roof and facade made from copper, which will slowly weather as it comes into contact with the sea air.

The two-storey Fall House measures a total of 353 sq m (3,800 sq ft). This includes three bedrooms, a bathroom, and an open plan lounge, kitchen, and dining room. The overall form of the house comprises two rectangular volumes which follow the sloping ground closely, and are joined together by a large glass library in the middle.

Naturally, the copper facade grabs one's attention, but Fall House actually sports two facades. The south-facing facade, which comes into contact with the brunt of the Pacific Ocean's wind and water spray, is indeed clad in copper, and it sports overhangs which offer protection from the weather and limit the effects of solar heat gain. The north-facing facade, meanwhile, is wholly glass and maximizes the available view.

The layout of Fall House facilitates stack ventilation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
The layout of Fall House facilitates stack ventilation (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)

Though not unheard of, the use of so much copper is relatively unusual on a modern build. Fougeron Architecture tells us that the choice of copper derives both from its general durability, and the fact that it is non-combustable (the house is located in a severe fire zone). That the copper will weather and enable the house to blend into its surroundings even more fully as it ages doesn't hurt, either.

Efficient "Low-E" windows were installed in the house, as was underfloor radiant hydronic heating and formaldehyde-free denim – a non-harmful insulation material. Fall House's largely open design encourages stack ventilation, but this process is enhanced thanks to automatically opening windows which draw in cool air from the lower levels of the home. The opening windows work in tandem with an exhaust transfer grille toward the top of the home which expels the hot air that's drawn up.

It features sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)
It features sustainable technology and an enviable view of the Pacific Ocean (Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography)

Fougeron Architecture also added drought-resistant native vegetation to reduce soil erosion and aid local wildlife, and a small section of green roof benefits insulation. The house sports a greywater system, and there's also a handy nearby stream that complements the on-grid supply of water.

Source: Fougeron Architecture via Arch Daily

11 comments
Slowburn
Expensive up front but eventually it should be cheaper than something that requires maintenance.
Toffe Carling
Hope they know that the runoff water from the copper during rains n so isn't Eco friendly. But besides that very cool house. Eco friendly is always good.
owlbeyou
I have seen a copper clad building recently built near me. It is certainly eye-catching because of its shiny copper color, but the gloss shows every undulation of the surface, which isn't that flattering. Of course, after a few years, the surface will oxidize and become a mat finish, which would certainly be better aesthetically. One has to wonder where copper-clad walls are in terms of cost with other exterior envelopes. Toffe above makes a good point about the green copper oxide that stains whatever it is running off to.
Gerald Martin
Impressive. But with only one bathroom in 3,800 sq. ft. ?
Rann Xeroxx
Ha, just mixing and pouring the concrete alone produced tons of CO2. Then there is the mining of the copper and all of the other materials. Point being is that large houses are always non-eco friendly as they use far more resources and produce far more waste in production then modest houses. Want to produce a "eco friendly" house? Build a very small house that meets the needs per the number of household.
vonborks
Only in California! In Monterey County you may obtain a building permit to build a copper-clad house while the California Water Board is attempting to ban even trace elements of copper from boat bottom paint. A single copper-Clad house near the ocean will leach off more copper than a marina full of pleasure boats. Of course trace elements of copper pose no harm to the environment, in fact it controls dangerous pathogens, like e-coli. I love that house.
Don Duncan
I am a firm believer in a bath for each bedroom. That is a priority for me. It seems like common sense unless building a low-income house. As for concrete usage, rammed earth solves that eco concern. All zero IR windows + passive solar design should eliminate cooling need.
Rustgecko
I don't know about California, but in the UK if you had a copper clad house you would be frightened to go on holiday, in that the copper could have been stolen by the time you get back. Copper theft is a huge issue now that it is worth about 10x more than a decade ago.
JSSFB
I think that the effect is stunning inside and out, no doubt it is not perfect but to look at it is really something, and the interior décor is just right. One bathroom would be a problem through and it would not work universally, but stunning all the same.
Ed
Ha! Wait till the illegals find this house...they will strip it of all copper and sell it to a metal recycler. I'm a bit surprised it's stood for this long...I guess it's too far away from bus routes and broken down Honda's to get to the house. Wait until one fixes up an F150...then this house will be stripped in an afternoon!