Denizen Works designs “abstracted tree” viewing tower for Scottish botanical gardens

London-based architects Denizen Works has submitted planning for a observation tower containing a vertical gallery and bird hide at Inverewe Garden in Scotland. The design has been created in response to an open brief set for Denizen Works by the garden’s owners – the National Trust for Scotland – to create a viewing tower to draw more

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside. The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a

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Alfonso Arango builds tiny black cabin next to his childhood home

Architect Alfonso Arango has designed himself a 24-square-metre weekend retreat next to his childhood home overlooking the Andes mountains in Colombia. Arango’s House on The Mist is located next door to his family’s residence in La Calera – a small town in the eastern reaches of the mountains. It is located 11 miles from Colombia’s

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Little House by MW Works sits on bluff overlooking Washington’s Puget Sound

American studio MW Works has designed a compact cabin in a Washington forest with exterior walls clad in weathered cedar and blackened cement. The cabin called Little House is located in Seabeck, a waterfront village and former mill town in Washington. It sits within a forest on a bluff overlooking Hood Canal, a natural waterway

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John Ronan’s charred wood Courtyard House frames views of Lake Michigan

American firm John Ronan Architects has completed a square-shaped, waterfront home in Michigan that features a wooden exterior and rooms organised around open-air courtyards. The Courtyard House sits on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, within the quaint beach town of Saint Joseph. Square in plan and totalling 5,000 square feet (465 square metres), the

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Jeff Svitak builds blackened Redwood House with private studio for himself in Southern California

American architect Jeff Svitak has designed a house for himself nestled into a hillside in San Diego, complete with various outdoor spaces and an office for his practice. Spanning three storeys and clad in blackened wood, Redwood House has a varied construction comprising cuboid volumes and outdoor walkways.   The house measures 2,000 square feet (186

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Eckford Chong adds blackened-timber garden studio to refurbished London house

UK architecture office Eckford Chong has renovated and extended an end-of-terrace property in east London, adding a garden studio that evokes traditional Japanese tea houses. The studio headed by Doug Eckford and Tania Chong was tasked with overseeing the internal and external renovations of the property in Walthamstow, which is occupied by a growing family.

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Hayhurst and Co adds charred-timber extension to basement flat in north London

Dark timber cladding applied to the exterior of this extension to a London flat by Hayhurst and Co contrasts the white-oiled boards that line the kitchen and dining space within. The east-London studio headed by architect Nick Hayhurst was tasked with reorganising the layout of the flat in a Victorian terrace, and enhancing its connection

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Fiedler Marciano creates artist studios in a forest clearing in Connecticut

American studio Fiedler Marciano Architecture took cues from vernacular architecture in New England while designing a pair of small, sculptural buildings for an artists’ nature retreat. The studio buildings are located on the campus of the I-Park Foundation, an organisation that offers a renowned artist-in-residence programme. The campus covers 450 bucolic acres (182 hectares) just

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Black Quebec chalet by Atelier Boom-Town overlooks forest and lake

Two volumes are stacked at irregular angles to form this Canadian forest retreat, which Montreal-based architecture firm Atelier Boom-Town designed for siblings. Completed last year in the Laurentians region, the two-storey De La Canardière Residence encompasses four bedrooms. Its location on a slope was a key factor in the studio’s development of the design. “This

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Foraged materials form artist’s home and studio in Washington woodland

Architect Les Eerkes rescued plywood cladding, kitchen cabinets and a tiny porthole window from houses set to be bulldozed for this rural cabin near the Puget Sound. Eerkes sourced the free materials and appliances to keep within the tight budget for the two-storey studio and residence, created for film director and artist Anna Hoover. The kitchen cabinets,

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T W Ryan renovates and extends black Surf House in Montauk

New York studio T W Ryan Architecture has renovated a black house in the Long Island beach town of Montauk, using pale finishes inside to contrast the dark exterior of the gabled forms. Surf House comprises a couple of connected pitched-roof volumes on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains – a famous surf spot in

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10 architecture projects that prove black is the new black

Blackened wood is an ever-popular choice of material for architects in recent times. Here are 10 of the most eye-catching examples, including a nine-square-metre Muji Hut and a tar-coated Californian ski chalet. Troll Hus, USA by Mork-Ulnes Architects Mork-Ulnes Architects clad this five-bedroom ski cabin in California in tar-coated timber and placed it on a concrete

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Asymmetric house clad in blackened pine stands in a Polish forest

Architect Grzegorz Layer has used lengths of blackened wood to clad the asymmetric gables of this house, which is located near the pine-forested shores of Lake Gowidliński in northern Poland. With most of the site covered by trees, the Polish architect decided to cover the building’s compact frame in blackened boards, a traditional regional building material that complements the

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Wernerfield elevates Treebox guest house on wooded site in Texas

Architecture studio Wernerfield has raised this dwelling in Texas several metres off the ground, to provide guests with a sensation of “floating in the forest”. The PH2 Treebox was built on a wooded property in Dallas with an existing split-level home. Wernerfield, a local design firm, with charged with creating an “artful office and guest

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HOLA Design builds gabled lakeside cottage in Poland

HOLA Design has completed a gabled lakeside cottage in southern Poland, which incorporates large windows that look out towards two nearby castles. Architects and owners of Polish studio HOLA Design, Monika and Adam Bronikowscy designed Mountain Cottage as a retreat on the shores of the artificial Lake Czorsztyn. Located on a hillside overlooking the lake, mountains and two medieval

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Small Architecture Workshop’s charred-timber sauna floats on a Swedish lake

Milan-based studio Small Architecture Workshop has built a sauna on a floating platform in Åmot, Sweden, which features a blackened-wood exterior and a large window that overlooks a lake. Small Architecture Workshop self built the sauna over a period of two weeks for a Belgian couple whose bed and breakfast is located in the middle

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A/O builds slanted black holiday home in Hudson Valley

Designed and built by Actual/Office Architects, this vacation home in upstate New York consists of two nested volumes wrapped in angled screens made of blackened wood. The Sleeve House sits on a gently sloping site in the bucolic Hudson River Valley, about two hours north of New York City. Built as a speculative development, the residence

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Those Architects extends former dairy farm with black-stained sales office

It may look like a high-end contemporary villa, but this rectilinear building is actually a sales office for a dairy farm near Sydney. Designed by local studio Those Architects, the single-storey building was designed to help real-estate firm Stockland attract a buyer to the former agricultural site, which it believes could be transformed into a

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Chris Collaris Architects completes black wooden cottage with exaggerated roof

Dutch architect Chris Collaris has built a house in Amsterdam that is clad entirely in blackened timber, featuring an asymmetric gabled roof that extends out to form a sheltered entrance. House MM is situated in the former industrial area of Amsterdam Noord, on a site that was previously occupied by an “old and decayed” brick house

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Prefabricated holiday home by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen is clad in charred timber

This prototype house overlooking Lake Maggiore was designed by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen to demonstrate the capabilities of prefabricated wood construction, and features charred-timber facades enclosing a bright-white interior. Lachelle and Niessen are the founders of fashion label No Editions, and more recently established a studio called The Wood Creative to explore innovative ways

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Black House is a duplex apartment above a converted Victorian warehouse in Hackney

Simon Conder Associates has placed a prefabricated, black-stained timber extension on top of a former warehouse in east London, creating a new home for the designers whose studio occupies the old building. The three-storey Victorian warehouse is located in an industrial neighbourhood in Hackney, close to London Fields park, and is home to a multidisciplinary design agency.

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Villa SG21 is a monolithic blackened-wood house topped with a turfed roof

Dutch studio FillieVerhoeven Architects has completed a house near Rotterdam featuring an asymmetric gabled form clad entirely in blackened timber and incorporating large glazed openings on all sides. FillieVerhoeven Architects designed Villa SG21 for a plot situated next to a historic road that passes through an area of typical Dutch countryside between the cities of

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Slices of timber align to form roof of outdoor classroom near Moscow

A huge tree trunk has been sliced into sections to create the slatted roof of this outdoor classroom designed by architecture students for a school at an art park in Russia’s Kaluga region. The semi-outdoor classroom is affixed to an existing school building set within Nikola-Lenivets, an art park in a village around four hours from

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Expansive deck divides levels of Canadian cliffside house by Alain Carle

Canadian firm Alain Carle Architecte has built a sustainable house in the mountains of Quebec as a retreat from modern conveniences. Located in the Laurentian Mountains, La Héronnière sits atop large rocks overlooking a forest. The clients chose the site based on the natural surroundings. Alain Carle Architecte placed a horizontal plane onto the steep

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Robert Hutchison’s Cantilever House projects towards Seattle harbour

Panoramic views of Seattle’s harbour are afforded from the overhanging rear of this house, completed by American firm Robert Hutchison Architecture. The two-storey Cantilever House is located on a lot that the clients have lived on for 15 years, originally in a small bungalow. Apart from its convenient location to the University of Seattle and downtown,

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Pedevilla Architects adds angular blackened-larch extension to hotel in South Tyrol

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed an extension to a traditional Alpine hotel, comprising a monolithic blackened-timber volume with windows that jut from the walls and roof to optimise mountain views. Pedevilla Architects developed the six-storey extension for the Bühelwirt hotel, which is situated in the Ahrntal commune of northern Italy, just three kilometres from the Klausberg ski area.

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Desai Chia’s Michigan Lake House features a roof that cantilevers over a patio

New York firm Desai Chia Architects has built a home on Lake Michigan with blackened timber walls and a roof that extends out to shelter an outdoor seating area. Michigan Lake House is located in the state’s Leelanau County, an area known for its crystal clear waters and sand dunes. Desai Chia Architects collaborated with local firm Environment Architects

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Escape One XL is a two-storey micro home on wheels

This recreational vehicle masquerading as a tiny cottage is clad in charred wood and sleeps up to eight people. The Escape One XL was launched this month by Escape Homes. “Measuring just under 400 square feet, the tiny home on wheels can sleep up to eight and expands on the organic design of its slightly

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Scullion Architects adds charred-larch tower to terraced home in Dublin

Located near Dublin’s docklands, this three-storey Georgian terraced house has been converted from three bed-sits into one light-filled “upside-down house” with a charred-larch extension at the back. Designed by Scullion Architects, the refurbishment flips the traditional house layout on its head, positioning the open-plan kitchen and living room on the top floor, bedrooms on the floors

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Andrew Burges’ Sydney house pairs pale brickwork with blackened wood

Pale brickwork lines the living areas of this Sydney house by local studio Andrew Burges Architects, while the bedrooms are located in blackened wood volumes on top. Andrew Burges Architects designed the two-storey Brick House for a family in the capital’s north Bondi neighbourhood. Pale clay brick walls make up the ground floor of the residence, which

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Phoenix House sits at the base of the world’s most active volcano

This tiny guest house by designer Will Beilharz stands on a lava field on Hawaii’s Big Island, and has views of the steam produced where molten rock flows into the sea. The 450-square-foot home is named Phoenix House as it is “literally rising from the ashes” of volcanic activity in the area. It is located

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Blackened wood house by Robert Hutchison provides retreat in Seattle forest

This black woodland house on the outskirts of Seattle is set around a gravelled courtyard, which provides its residents with a secluded outdoor space safe from roaming elk. The residence, called Courtyard House on a River, is located in an evergreen forest on the banks of White River, which is a designated habitat for wild elk. Local studio Robert Hutchison Architecture

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Houston contractor builds her own charred-timber residence designed by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

The owner of a construction company in Houston has collaborated with Seattle architects Suyama Peterson Deguchi to create a Japanese-influenced home that she built for herself. The design and construction of the Shou Sugi Ban House was joint effort between the architects and Erin Stetzer. Because the client, the proprietor of Stetzer Builders, was also

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The Houseboat by Mole Architects evokes the underside of a ship’s hull

Mole Architects has completed a house in the English seaside town of Poole, comprising a pair of blackened-timber volumes that resemble the upturned hull of a boat. Cambridge-based Mole Architects designed The Houseboat for architect and developer Roger Zogolovitch, who wanted a space his family could use as an alternative quiet retreat to their main

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Carr creates dark and moody interiors for art-filled hotel in Australia’s wine region

Australian architecture studio Carr has transformed a Federation cottage on the Mornington Peninsula into the Jackalope hotel, cladding the building’s exterior in charred timber and creating interiors based on an alchemist’s workshop. The Jackalope is located in a wine-growing region south of Melbourne that is famed for its production of pinot noir. Comprising both an

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Massachusetts island home is clad in charred cedar and textured concrete

US firms Gray Organschi Architecture and Schiller Projects took cues from the natural terrain of Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation island off the coast of Cape Cod, to create this holiday retreat. The Chilmark House sits on a 4.25-acre (1.7-hectare) site that is surrounded by farmland and overlooks the sea. “We worked with the family to search for

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GoCstudio designs low-lying winery to blend with Washington’s natural terrain

American firm goCstudio has created a small winery complex in rural Washington, with a subtle profile and earthy material palette that demonstrate the project’s “reverence for the landscape”. The COR Cellars winery is located on the outskirts of Lyle, in a region known for its rolling hills, windsurfing beaches and boutique wineries. Encompassing 23 acres (nine hectares), the complex

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Design Hound hides second storey of Austin home behind faceted roof

Austin architecture firm Design Hound has concealed a spa-like interior behind the understated facade of this local residence. The two-storey Indian Trail House sits in an old neighbourhood of Austin, Texas. Approaching the size limit set by community restrictions, the clients wanted the minimise the home’s appearance on a street of predominately low residences. “At

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Cubo Design Architect pairs blackened wood with concrete for house in coastal Japanese city

An angular, blackened wood structure sits atop two concrete blocks to form this house in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, designed by Cubo Design Architect. Located in the city of Odawara, in the vicinity of a 15th century castle, Hafye is designed to create the feeling of being suspended in mid-air – hence the top-heavy design. This unusual form, described by locally based Cubo Design Architect as animal-like,

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Tim Cuppett designs Austin hillside home to be both modern and rustic

Texas studio Tim Cuppett Architects has created a family dwelling with a “camp-like aesthetic”, which features a pool terrace, a large screened porch and a material palette influenced by the natural landscape. Called 1 Hillside, the home is located in Austin’s Travis Heights neighbourhood, on a narrow hillside lot totalling one acre (0.4 hectares). The home

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Stacked and rotated blocks ensure multiple sea views from Chilean beach house

Chilean architects 2DM twisted the upper volume of this blackened timber house away from its stilted base to offer a variety of views to the sea in Chile’s Cardenal Caro Province. The Santiago-based architects designed the residence for a narrow plot of land along Puertecillo beach in the coastal community of Navidad. The aim was to frame the sea on the

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Californian home by Blaze Makoid steps down a forested hillside

American firm Blaze Makoid Architecture has used blackened wood, glass and stone to create a rectilinear, multi-level holiday home near Lake Tahoe that looks toward a mountain range. The retreat is located within a 2,200-acre (890 hectares) ski and golf community situated between the lake and the historic town of Truckee, California. The development consists

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Platform 5 Architects completes shingle-clad home overlooking a private lagoon

This house in the Norfolk Broads by Platform 5 Architects features steeply pitched gables and shingle cladding intended to reference traditional boat sheds found alongside the surrounding waterways. Backwater was designed as a family residence for Platform 5 Architects’ director Patrick Michell and was built on a plot previously occupied by an outdated bungalow. The London-based

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Eastwest Architecture adds charred-cedar gym to garden of London home

Eastwest Architecture has sunken a compact gym into the garden of an east London home, featuring bright birch-lined interiors and a mirror wall that creates the illusion of a larger space. The London-based architects were commissioned by a homeowner in Walthamstow to design a space to workout at home, compensating for the lack of gym facilities in the local area. The

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Black house in Melbourne provides sanctuary for sleeping-disorder sufferer

This blackened timber house in Melbourne curves around an olive tree garden, and was designed by BLOXAS Architecture for a client with a severe sleeping condition. Victoria-based BLOXAS Architecture, which stands for Black Line One X Architecture Studio, designed the Garden Pavilion for a couple. One of the clients has a chronic sleeping condition, which established a conflicting brief for the project. The architects were

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Studio MM clads Hudson Valley hillside cabin in blackened wood

American firm Studio MM Architect has created a modern holiday dwelling for a forested site in upstate New York, which features a giant front door and a garage for its car-lover owner. Called Tinkerbox, the residence is located in Kerhonkson, a hamlet situated about 100 miles (160 kilometres) north of Manhattan. The two-storey black home was envisioned as

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Dorte Mandrup adds thatched wing to Wadden Sea visitor centre in Denmark

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter paired thatch with blackened wood for this extension to a visitor’s centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats in Denmark. Dorte Mandrup’s Copenhagen-based firm updated and extended the original Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe on Demark’s western coast to create the “ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition”. The building is designed as a gateway for visitors to the Wadden Sea region

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Three blackened-wood huts cantilever from mountain restaurant by Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak

A trio of glass-fronted gables project from this mountain restaurant that architects Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak have designed for skiers in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Italian architects Pichler and Mikolajcak designed the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant for the Oberholz ski resort. Set on a small mound, it has its own direct connection to the ski slope. Located at 2000 metres in

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ArchitectureFirm perches black country home on forested hilltop in Virginia

This modern vacation dwelling by US studio ArchitectureFirm consists of three rectilinear volumes arranged on a bluff “like a scattered group of stones around a campfire”. The James River House is located in the rural town of Scottsville, Virginia, on a hilltop overlooking a river. Situated on a 44-acre (18-hectare) forested property, the retreat serves as

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Four volumes join at the centre of black Quebec home by Alain Carle

Alain Carle Architecte has completed a home in rural Quebec made up of a cluster of blackened-wood volumes that step down the sloping site. The MG2 residence is a three-bedroom home that encompasses 300 square metres. Rather than combining various programme elements into a single volume, Montreal-based firm Alain Carle Architecte opted to separate them,

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BCHO Architects embeds house with roof terrace into South Korean mountainside

A broad roof terrace with sunken seating areas disguises this holiday home by BCHO Architects, which nestles into the mountainous terrain of its plot in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province. The clients requested a modest second home in the countryside to the east of Seoul, where they could stay when retiring to the mountains for hiking weekends. When designing the

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Dark cedar boards shroud Quebec visitors centre by Anne Carrier

Quebec architecture firm Anne Carrier Architecture has completed a visitors centre in the Mont Orford National Park, built using a wooden structure that nestles into the landscape. The Bonnallie amenities centre is part of a larger commission the firm earned to design three new public pavilions for the national park. “These projects will give Mount Orford

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Gonzalo Iturriaga’s blackened pine cabin provides refuge for a Chilean mountaineer

Chilean architect Gonzalo Iturriaga used folded planes of blackened pine to create this faceted cabin as a retreat for a mountaineer in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Iturriaga designed the retreat for a rocky site near the city of San Esteban, using piles to give the irregularly shaped structure an even footing. The 60-square-metre cabin is named in RF C9, and has a

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Out of the Valley offers escapism with off-grid cabin made of oak and cedar

British firm Out of the Valley has developed an oak-framed cabin with burnt-cedar cladding that can be installed anywhere to provide a simple place to escape the stresses of modern life. The Oak Cabin was designed by Out of the Valley founder Rupert McKelvie as a sustainable low-impact dwelling that is equally suited to use in the

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Blackened wood barn by Workshop Architecten houses both livestock and people

Workshop Architecten has created a blackened wood barn for a farm in the Netherlands, which is divided into separate living quarters for sheep and people. Named Barn Rijswijk, the building is surrounded by century-old fruit trees on the 4.5-hectare-estate of the Rottenburg farm in Rijswijk, a municipality in the west of the country. Amsterdam-based Workshop Architecten was asked to replace

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Lund Hagem’s blackened timber cabin designed to withstand Norway’s harsh winters

Oslo studio Lund Hagem has completed a holiday cabin on a Norwegian ski resort, featuring blackened timber and concrete elevations that hunker down to protect it from the winter weather. The property is located in the Geilo resort, 982 metres above sea level, on a site that provides its owners with a panoramic view of the Geilo

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Charred wood boards clad New York pool house by General Assembly

New York design studio General Assembly has added a pool house to a property on Shelter Island, cladding the exterior of the small structure with blackened timber siding. The project involved the addition of a pool house to an existing residence on the island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island and

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Charred timber and glass villa by VVKH Architecten is embedded in a sand dune

The blackened-timber facades of this house set in a coastal nature reserve near The Hague are interrupted by carefully positioned openings that frame views of the surrounding forest. Villa Meijendel takes its name from the nature reserve in which it is located, where a forest meets a valley of dunes. The house, designed by local studio

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Scott Kyson combines charred timber with smoked glass for garden pavilion

This small garden pavilion, created by British architect Scott Kyson as a playhouse for his children, is covered in sheets of smoked glass and lined in lengths of charred larch. The founder of London-based Studio Kyson designed and constructed Treehouse for his three children, who are aged between four and eight. This video created by studio Grain shows

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Snøhetta’s charred-timber treehouse is the next addition to Sweden’s Treehotel

This charred-timber cabin by Snøhetta will be raised 10 metres above the forest floor and feature a “stargazing net” to allow guests to watch out for the Northern Lights. The cabin is the latest addition to Treehotel, a boutique hotel located in a pine forest in Swedish Lapland. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta

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YH2 clads Quebec holiday home for a sculptor in red cedar and blackened pine

Montreal studio YH2 has completed a retreat for Polish-Canadian sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz, with a vertical form that takes cues from the surrounding forest (+ slideshow). The Jarnuszkiewicz House is located in East Bolton, a city in a scenic region of Quebec. Surrounded by conifer trees, the dwelling is situated on a 10-acre (four-hectare) parcel that overlooks Lake More

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Moving walls open Stal Collectief’s charred timber workshop to the elements

Raised on stilts above a field in northeast Belgium, Stal Collectief’s self-designed studio features charred timber walls that can be wheeled back to reveal the interior (+ movie). The group of Belgian furniture designers comprising Len de Paepe, Bob Segers, Tim Vranken and Jonas Blondeel designed Hofer Pavilion as an extra studio space for themselves. The group already had a workshop in More

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Studio Padron creates secluded library in the woods of New York state

This tiny black cabin by US firm Studio Padron serves as a cosy library and guest house for a vacation home in upstate New York (+ slideshow). Studio Padron completed the cabin to serve as a standalone, one-room library on the property. The small black hut doubles as a place for visitors to sleep. The More

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Blackened timber house by Bernardo Bader Architekten stands on the edge of a stream

This tall, gabled house by Bernardo Bader Architekten is covered in lengths of blackened timber and stands on the edge of a small stream in Lochau, Austria (+ slideshow). Deep windows in the facades are framed with lighter toned wood and directed to give occupants views of the stream, but also to a nearby lake More

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Nova Tayona designs Canadian beach house hidden from the ocean

Toronto-based architect Nova Tayona has completed a house near the beach in Nova Scotia, from which the ocean can be heard but not seen (+ slideshow). The four-bedroom Lockeport Beach House in the coastal province is raised on stilts and nested among a forest adjacent to the cove. “The clients were charmed by the cozy quality More

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Roof of Rhode Island holiday home by Bernheimer Architecture features pyramid-like skylights

A+Awards: the next project in our series on winners from this year’s A+Awards organised by US site Architizer is a holiday home for a Brooklyn-based family on Rhode Island, with a charred-timber facade (+ slideshow). Designed by Brooklyn firm Bernheimer Architecture, Quonochontaug House occupies a site near the coast of Rhode Island, New England – a popular area among More

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House H by Teemu Hirvilammi features a black exterior and pale wood interior

Architect Teemu Hirvilammi has completed a wooden house for his own family in the Finnish city of Lahti, featuring dark external walls and a contrasting interior of pale spruce wood (+ slideshow). Called House H, the building house has a traditional gabled form. It is completely covered with vertical painted battens, which are stained to give the building its dark More

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Denizen Works adds burnt wood cladding to Modernist house in London’s Highgate

Charred larch slats now cover the exterior of this Modernist house in north London, thanks to a “macabre” upgrade intended by architecture studio Denizen Works to reference the nearby Highgate Cemetery (+ slideshow) East London-based Denizen Works won a competition to design a new facade for the ageing Valhalla Highgate. The aim was to help it fit in with its impressive More

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Yonder’s Haus P is an Alpine chalet with a courtyard carved out of its middle

This holiday home by Stuttgart firm Yonder is designed to look like a traditional Alpine house, but with a huge chasm carved out of its middle (+ slideshow). Yonder designed the three-storey Haus P for a site in the mountainous Allgäu region of southern Germany. The maximum building size allowed by the local planning office was a More

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