Harmoniously integrating contemporary architecture into historic centers can be a difficult process, but Bucharest-based architect Radu Teacă successfully achieved that balance in the gothic-inspired Copper House. Located in the old Romanian city of Sibiu, the project's site is surrounded by medieval architecture that dates back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Teacă’s design pays homage to these existing archetypes while maintaining a minimalist and contemporary aesthetic.
Minimalism was key in the Copper House design. To that end, Radu Teacă clad the home’s double-pitched roof and façade in vertical strips of dark copper that emphasize the verticality of the house and add a “gothic” vibe. The copper will develop a beautiful patina as it ages over time. Long vertical strips of glazing complement the copper façade and extend from the roof down to the façade.
In contrast to the dark façade, the Copper House features a bright interior with white walls and stairs, black accents, and wood floors. A multi-story void and stairwell divides the home into two volumes and illuminates the interior with a channel of natural light. The floors were built as half-levels to maintain a continuous and unbroken sense of space.
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