Rockcliffe Residence Receives North American Copper in Architecture Award

December 21, 2020

The North American Copper in Architecture (NACA) Awards recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision.

Just completed, this custom home overlooking McKay Lake in Rockcliffe Park was one of just eight projects across North America to receive a NACA award in 2020. Copper was selected for this residence to evoke the long-standing heritage character of the Rockcliffe neighborhood and capital city of Ottawa. Stone and copper are a symbol of quality, durability, and prosperity in the city of Ottawa – and the use of these natural materials was key to both the design team and the Client.

The natural patina of the copper material amplifies its beauty with age, and provides a complimentary coloration to the light natural limestone also in play in this design. The copper paneling was designed with a mix of vertical and horizontal patterns to provide playful textures on the second-story volume of the house. The horizontal pattern was inspired by the unique stone coursing pattern that was created for the residence. The stone walls which shape the ground floor are designed to extend out into the landscape and serve as a natural stone base for the copper volumes of the second floor. The vertical copper fins and paneling, together with the rhythm of slender glazing modules, create a glass and copper lantern at night.

Congratulations to Hobin Architecture’s project team including Rheal Labelle, Kent Bugatsch and Barry Hobin, and a special “thank you” to Raymond Group for nominating the project. Photos by Steve Clifford.

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