Copper House / Della Valle Bernheimer

© Richard Barnes

Architects: Della Valle Bernheimer
Location: Town of Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY,
Partner in Charge: Andrew Bernheimer
Project Manager: Erik Helgen
Project Team: Brian Butterfield
Client: Andrew, Nicole, and Isaac Bernheimer
Contractor: Andrew Bernheimer with Dean Contracting
Project Area: 2,590 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Richard Barnes

ground floor plan
sun diagram

The House is located in the Hudson Valley on a wooded, six-acre site two hours north of New York City. Clad almost entirely in corrugated siding and a mixture of flat-seam and standing seam roofing, the skin will age and develop a patina that reflects time through material changes. The three-bedroom house features distinctive, sculpted south-facing skylights that allow light into various public and private spaces.

© Richard Barnes

The ground floor contains two bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, and a home office. An eight-foot tall, 30-foot-long, open bookshelf system runs the length of the ground floor creating a sense of delineation between rooms, while retaining visual connections across the various spaces. The second floor contains a master bedroom, playroom, and attic space, with windows overlooking the sculpted copper skylights.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: California Faucets, RIFRA

  • Bathroom plumbing fixtures by California Faucets
  • Bathroom cabinets by RIFRA
  • Bathroom plumbing fittings by RIFRA

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: Colonial

  • Hardware by Colonial

Facades: Uniclad

  • Cooper by Uniclad

Floor: Flor, Stone Source, Pheoneix Organics

  • Flooring: carpet by Flor
  • Flooring: ceramic tile, stone or concrete by Stone Source
  • Flooring: wood by Pheoneix Organics

Joinery: Velux , Veld-wen

  • Skylights/roof windows by Velux
  • Windows by Veld-wen

Kitchen Equipment: Bosch, Schiffini, General Electrics, KWL

  • Dishwasher by Bosch
  • Kitchen plumbing fittings by Schiffini
  • Cooktop by General Electrics
  • Refrigerator by General Electrics
  • Oven by General Electrics
  • Kitchen plumbing fixtures by KWL
  • Countertops by Schiffini
  • Kitchen cabinets by Schiffini

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Lightolier

  • Lighting fixtures by Lightolier

Roof: Firestone Building Products

  • Roofing by Firestone Building Products

Walls: Benjamin Moore

  • Paints by Benjamin Moore
Cite: "Copper House / Della Valle Bernheimer" 14 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Jake

    Simple. Unique. Affordable. More architecture like this is needed for the masses (or suburbs).

  • Brendan

    I note that the word “beautiful” would never be used to describe this house.

    • Brendan

      Sorry for the double comment, it looked like my first comment wasn’t posted for some reason but now it’s there. Not trying to beat a dead horse.

  • up_today_arch

    If the owner satisfied by this house – why not… In generally, it is something new in kinds of houses, not so beauty but different.

  • ozmoto

    If I had paid to have this designed and built, then drove home to this image every evening I would cry…. but then again it does have sky lights.

  • Bran

    I absolutely love the design and choice of materials. It does take a certain individual to want a house like this, but I guess I am one of those people.

  • shiftA

    Superbe architecture!

  • Rutland Copper

    Perhaps different copper panels could have been used than the corrugated ones to make exterior more attractive. A combination of shiny raw copper panels, pre-patinated green copper panels and more glazing would enhance the facade. A mix of copper and natural stone outside and inside would give it more character as well.