The client was a young family with two children whose wish was to create an atypical house. Since the family originates from the South of Estonia the architectural solution combines hints from the Piusa natural sandstone caves and the so called proto-house as a spatial conception of the primitive mother.
Historically, Estonian wooden houses are unfinished and naked before nature, thus the building materials continuously change over the course of time. The special structure of the Copper House was designed to resemble a cave in its complexity and be reflective of change, suggesting the rotation of the seasons. The materials used inside are monolithic concrete, natural birch plywood, birch parquet. From the outside the house is covered with copper sheet.
The structure is surrounded by slightly billowy lawns. The border fence is transparent, made of perforated and folded zinc sheet. The effect created by this is a misty horizontal ‘cloud’ which conceals the yard from the outside world.
The house is under process of constant change, it continues self-construction according to the parameters the architect has directed. Being open from all directions, it reflects every change in light. The circulation of day and might, light and darkness, time – is supported by the round shape of the building. The same can be stated about the outside characteristics. Due to the chemical reactions of copper, the active changing never stops. In such context ROOM TIME and LIGHT are in natural interactive co-existence.