Exterior of Branch House by TOLO Architecture

A Daring Home Clad in Shining Copper Armor Fends Off Natural Disasters15 of 20

The architects considered a number of different fire-resistant materials for the exterior cladding, including zinc and a special kind of pre-burnt wood. "It was my husband’s idea to do the copper," says Cathie. "He said, copper is down, so buy all the copper you can buy!"