Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens
will change colour over time

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Untreated copper cladding will gradually change colour from golden brown to vivid turquoise on the walls and roof of this house near Ghent by Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten (+ slideshow).

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

Intended by Graux & Baeyens Architecten to give the building "a poetic impermanence", copper panels with visible seams cover the whole exterior of House VDV and were left untreated to allow the material to oxidise over time.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

"We wanted to integrate the house into the woody surroundings as much as possible," architect Basile Graux told Dezeen. "The copper gave us the opportunity to do that, as it will continuously change colour over the years, from gold in the beginning to blue, than brown and green at the end."

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The two-storey residence is located in Destelbergen, east of the city centre, beside the remaining brick wall of a castle that was destroyed during the second world war.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The architects generated the house's irregular plan by abstracting a simple rectangle and making cutaways along its length, creating three blocks that angle away from one another.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The roof features a steep gable modelled on the form of traditional farmhouses. "The typical rural pitched roof house is an archetype that has been really common in Belgium and the northern part of Europe for centuries, but strangely enough has never been seen as an modern way of building," explained Graux.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

"When urbanism regulation stipulated that the house needed to have a pitched roof we saw that as an opportunity to experiment and a modern interpretation for it," he added.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The two gable ends are both fully glazed, as are the two triangular recesses along the sides of the building, one of which accommodates the main entrance.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

Family rooms such as the lounge and dining room are all located on the house's ground floor, and feature a mixture of oak and marble flooring.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

A spiral staircase leads up to first-floor bedrooms, where angular ceilings reveal the slope of the roof overhead.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

Photography is by Filip Dujardin.

Here's a project description from Graux & Baeyens Architecten:


House VDV

This single family house is located just outside the town of Ghent. The plot is part of a domain where used to be a castle destroyed in WWII. Parts of the surrounding wall is still standing and is a silent reminder of this history.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

House VDV appears simultaneously familiar and strange. The volume, consisting of one level with a pitched roof, alludes to familiar archetypes such as the rural homestead or barn.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

But at the same time the volume is broken up by large glass facades, so that the relationship is established with the surrounding trees and the listed castle wall.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The mandatory implantation in the back of the plot ensures that the house is conceived as a pavilion. A garden-house with no front or rear, but with two identical facades and a 360 degree experience of the entire plot.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

The (non-treated copper) cladding gives the project a poetic impermanence, which is echoed in the reflection of the surrounding trees in the glass facades.

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time

Architecture & Interior design: Graux & Baeyens Architecten
Function: dwelling
Location: Destelbergen, Belgium
Design year: 2011
Construction year 2012-2013
Square metres: 410 sqm + 73 sqm basement

Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time
Design concept - click for larger image
Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time
Site plan - click for larger image
Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Copper-clad house by Graux & Baeyens will change colour over time
First floor plan - click for larger image
  • djnn24

    Beautiful.

  • Hugo

    Pretty sexy.
    What I thought was a contrived idea actually seems to facilitate an interesting plan.

  • RjMoran

    Nice! Well, until thieves strip all the siding and roof off and sell it! Sad but true. People are stealing paving stones, old stone walls, statuary – and it hasn’t got REALLY rough out there yet!

  • lodf

    Copper that changes colour over time?! Where is my wallet?!

  • jos

    Striking exterior, interior is utterly dull and cold.

  • Stephen

    Pure beltah that like.

  • MGD

    Does anybody know who designed that couchtisch?

  • John Frances

    Hmm, untreated copper that is allowed to oxidise is really not friendly for the environment (actually forbidden now in several countries). Nice scheme and site plan though.

  • Tom

    Yes, it’s a nice building and I am sure it will look very interesting as it starts to change colour, but not particularly a big deal. People have been using untreated copper with the intention of it oxidising for years.

  • DylanDog

    Beautiful house! But, changing colour over time? Well, unless the owner doesn’t pee all over his house frequently, it will take decades before the copper gets green. For the nearest 40 years it will stay, dark brown and dull.

  • Concerned Citizen

    How do they keep thieves from stealing the copper?