Australian architecture firm TAKT completed Copper House, a tiny metal-clad beach house in Congee that mixes hand-made industrial elements with modern design. Situated on an extremely narrow and steep site, the Copper House steps down in three sections to follow the existing slope. Each level of the holiday retreat is topped by an asymmetrical butterfly roof that maximizes views and the warmth of the winter sun while maintaining a sense of privacy.
Although the Copper House serves the same holiday function as other beach bungalows, TAKT’s choice of materials makes the structure stand out from the typical beach home. Instead of a light-colored facade and wooden paneling, this beach house is clad in copper, black steel, and glass. A funky yellow window trim adds a bright pop of color to the otherwise dark facade. The copper cladding was chosen as a response to the coastal location and, over time, will develop a weathered patina caused by the area’s salty, humid conditions.
Large glazed windows and glass louvers open the house up to an abundance of natural light as well as the salty breeze. In contrast to the exterior, the interior space is bright with white walls and an open plan layout. The floors are built from dark concrete slabs softened by a hand-waxed finish. In addition to the home’s clean, sharp lines and modern furnishings, the house also exudes a handmade character in its details such as its leather clad front door handles.
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