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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Monochrome Canadian ski lodge by Atelier Kastelic Buffey echoes traditional farmhouses

Toronto firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey has completed a black-and-white ski chalet in Ontario’s Blue Mountains, echoing the forms of the area’s traditional barns and farmhouses. The residence, dubbed Alta Chalet, encompasses 3,000 square feet (278 square metres) and was designed for a family of five. “Located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a private

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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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Rowland + Broughton nestles rectilinear Black Magic house into mountainous Colorado site

This metal-clad rural dwelling in the American West by Rowland + Broughton is designed to tread lightly on the earth and to provide expansive views of the landscape. Called Black Magic, the family home is located in Snowmass, Colorado, on a rugged site blanketed with native grasses and fir, oak and aspen trees. A gravel

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Studio Bergtraun perches black cabin on steep slope in the Sierra Nevada mountains

California-based Studio Bergtraun has completed a holiday home in Tahoe, nestling a simple black volume clad in corrugated metal into the steep landscape. Alpine Meadows Cabin was completed for a family of outdoor sports enthusiasts in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. “The clients desired to create a fun-filled, cozy and informal cabin for family and

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Muji to sell tiny blackened-timber prefab huts for £21,000

Japanese brand Muji has unveiled its design for a compact nine-square-metre prefabricated house, which will go on sale later this year. The Muji Hut will be available for purchase in Japan for ¥3,000,000 (£20,989) from August 2017. The minimalist retailer intends the simple cabin to suit a wide variety of locations, describing it as somewhere between a permanent residence and a

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Croatian mountain lodge by Tomislav Soldo designed to light up like a lantern through diagonal shutters

Black-painted larch clads this small house in Croatia, designed by architect Tomislav Soldo for a hill overlooking forests and mountains. Soldo designed the two-storey Black Lodge for a sloped site in Gorski Kotar, a mountainous region in Croatia, with large windows to provide views of the surroundings. Like other residences in the region, the 100-square-metre house has a pitched roof, a compact

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Diamond, scalloped and brick-shaped shingles cover Melbourne house by Austin Maynard Architects

Slate shingles are arranged in various patterns across the outer walls of the house-shaped blocks that make up this multigenerational residence in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. The slate patterns give each of the blocks its own identity, helping to fragment the scale of the 350-square-metre property known as Charles House. Wanting to differentiate the home from Kew’s newly

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Black corrugated metal encases loft-inspired interiors of Tokyo house by TakaTina

American studio TakaTina has created a stark family home on the outskirts of Tokyo, featuring bright white interiors inspired by the client’s previous Brooklyn loft apartment and an inky black exterior. The New York based architects, husband-and-wife team Takaaki and Christina Kawabata, were commissioned to design the house for a family of four in a residential area west of the Japanese

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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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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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Black beachfront cabin in Canada contains expansive white interior

Living spaces are enclosed in a plywood box nested inside an expansive gabled volume in this Canadian lakeside property by La Shed Architecture. The Chalet de la Plage – or Beach Chalet – is located on the shores of a lake in the Laurentians region of Quebec. The natural retreat was built for a couple

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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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Flat-packed cabin concept allows tiny houses to be assembled like IKEA furniture

A Vancouver-based startup’s conceptual design for flat-packed recreational cabins would allow users to build for themselves, making the wilderness more readily accessible. The Backcountry Hut Company is an offshoot of interdisciplinary design firm Leckie Studio. Its goal is to facilitate the process of building cabins for a variety of uses. “The hut prototype was created for the benefit

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Villa Le Lac is a glass-walled house overlooking Lake Geneva

Swiss architect Philippe Meyer has converted a former office building on the shore of Lake Geneva into a house with glass walls to provide expansive views of the surrounding scenery (+ slideshow). Villa Le Lac was designed by Meyer’s studio as the main residence for a young couple and their three children. Located around ten minutes from the Swiss More

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Climbing wall provides roof access at Cache Creek Residence by Carney Logan Burke

A climbing wall runs up one side of this corrugated metal-clad house in Jackson, Wyoming, by local architecture firm Carney Logan Burke (+ slideshow). Cache Creek Residence was designed for a long-time resident who wanted a cost-effective, modern house to contrast with the “tired, pedestrian neighbourhood” in the east of the city. Tasked with making More

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RZLBD divides black and grey Toronto residence with central staircase

Toronto firm RZLBD has completed a three-storey house comprising two volumes split by a staircase in the middle (+ slideshow). Instar House is located on the outskirts of Toronto, within the neighbourhood of Allenby. Another residence previously occupied the site, and the new home was built above its foundations. Two main volumes make up the 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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Carlton Architecture clads North Carolina home in dark cedar and weathering steel

US studio Carlton Architecture has completed a lakeside house in North Carolina that features expansive window walls, and ample use of wood and pre-rusted steel (+ slideshow). Located in the western portion of the state, the Piedmont Residence sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooks a lake. The holiday home was 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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Carol A Wilson reuses ranch house foundations to build Maine retreat

Maine architect Carol A Wilson has built a two-bedroom home in Batson River on the foundations of a ranch that previously occupied the site, to prevent disturbing nearby trees (+ slideshow). The residence sits close to the Batson River, upstream from the eponymous estuary that leads to the Gulf of Maine. While the home is designed More

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Bright pink doorway marks the entrance to Reigo and Bauer’s Winona House in Toronto

Toronto firm Reigo and Bauer has created a three-bedroom home in the city, which features a hot pink entrance and is otherwise clad in black shingles (+ slideshow). The owners of Winona House previously lived in a semi-detached home, which had an L-shaped yard large enough to subdivide into two plots. They decided to sell their More

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Stephen Phillips clads modern San Francisco townhouse in black zinc

Local studio Stephen Phillips Architects has completed a black duplex in San Francisco that aims to challenge the city’s standard housing typologies (+ slideshow). Called Black Mass, the residential building is located in the Hayes Valley neighbourhood, which is dotted with traditional Victorian and Edwardian townhouses. Once a drug haven, the area has undergone a dramatic More

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Scott Edwards Architecture creates home with acoustically separate spaces for a Portland family

Oregon firm Scott Edwards Architecture has created a home in Portland that includes soundproof rehearsal spaces for a family of musicians (+ slideshow). The residence, dubbed Music Box, was designed to accommodate the family’s need for acoustically separate rooms so they don’t interrupt each other’s practice. “The Music Box Residence was designed around the intimate and More

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Jean Verville creates black fairytale-like cottage in a Quebec forest

Jean Verville Architecte has designed cabin in rural Quebec with dark metal cladding and pointy roofs that “seems to emerge from a children’s story” (+ slideshow). The holiday dwelling is situated on a gently sloping site in a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, a region in southeastern Quebec. Its name, Fahouse, is derived from the More

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In Situ Studio hides black Corbett Residence in a North Carolina forest

US firm In Situ Studio has clad this rural North Carolina cabin in darkened wood and set it far back from the road to protect it from view (+ slideshow). The Corbett Residence is located in Bahama, a rural town about 40 miles (64 kilometres) outside of Raleigh, the state’s capital. The woodland property is located along More

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Glass observatory rises from roof of Montana mountain home by Johnsen Schmaling

Johnsen Schmaling Architects has created a family dwelling in rural Montana that consists of interlocking volumes clad in charred wood and is topped with a glass-enclosed viewing room. Mountain House is situated in the foothills of Big Sky, a rural Montana town that is located 7,200 feet above sea level (2,200 metres). Resting on a More

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Architensions clads rear facade of historic Brooklyn townhouse in charred wood

New York studio Architensions has enlarged a Brooklyn townhouse by adding two boxy volumes clad in vertical slats of burnt wood (+ slideshow). The Blurring Boxes Residence is located in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Greenpoint, an industrial area where fashionable restaurants and condominium buildings are starting to emerge. Brooklyn-based Architensions renovated an apartment that occupies the garden level and More

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Johnsen Schmaling clads cabin in a Wisconsin forest with blackened pine

Milwaukee-based Johnsen Schmaling Architects has completed a family retreat in rural Wisconsin featuring blackened pine cladding, concrete floors and wide-span glass doors (+ slideshow). Called Linear Cabin, the holiday home is located in the rural town of St Germain in northern Wisconsin. A dirt driveway leads to the dwelling, which sits on a steep, forested bluff overlooking More

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House Wieckin by Möhring Architekten features black-painted walls and deep corner windows

Möhring Architekten clad this holiday home in rural Germany in black-painted wood to look like a traditional barn, but then cut windows out of the corners to give it a contemporary edge (+ slideshow). Berlin-based Möhring Architekten designed House Wieckin in the town of Darss, the middle section of the coastal peninsula of Fischland-Darss-Zingst. The clients wanted to mix More

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Mork-Ulnes completes California ski chalet coated in black tar

This northern California cabin by Mork-Ulnes Architects is clad in tar-coated timber and sits atop a concrete plinth – measures that both help protect the structure from heavy snowfall. Encompassing 17,500 square feet (1,625 square meters), the five-bedroom cabin is located on Donner Summit near a major ski resort. It sits on a gentle slope, on More

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John Pawson’s Life House is a Welsh countryside retreat built from dark and light bricks

London designer John Pawson has completed the seventh property in Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture series: a Welsh valley retreat with a dark skin and a pale interior (+ slideshow). The British designer took cues from both Japanese houses and Benedictine monasteries with his design for Life House, a 260-square-metre property intended to “immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme More

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Galvez Autunno creates black housing blocks with jagged rooflines in Patagonia

Galvez Autunno Arquitectos has completed a cluster of residential buildings in the small Argentinian town of Las Heras, each featuring sloped roofs and black metal cladding (+ slideshow). The project was designed by the Argentinian firm for the province of Santa Cruz, which sits on the Patagonian plateau. The development encompasses two clusters of housing blocks called Calle Roca and More

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Margen Wigow Arkitektkontor models blackened timber holiday home on Swedish fishing huts

Five blackened timber structures dot the shoreline of a remote island in the Stockholm archipelago to form a holiday home by Margen Wigow Arkitektkontor (+ slideshow). Architects Cecilia Margen Wigow and Per Wigow were commissioned to design the retreat for a client who wants to “live a simple life close to nature” during his weekends and More

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Four volumes piece together to form Studio Prototype’s Villa Schoorl in Holland

Four separate volumes fit together “like a puzzle” to form this villa in the Netherlands, designed by Studio Prototype as a contemporary interpretation of the region’s typical black barns (+ slideshow). The Amsterdam-based studio designed Villa Schoorl for a professional photographer who needed areas with different levels of privacy. This prompted the architects to divide up the structure into different volumes, with the more More

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Architecture Open Form creates black facade for historic Montreal home

Canadian firm Architecture Open Form had to negotiate strict preservation requirements with this renovation of a 125-year-old dwelling in Montreal (+ slideshow). Encompassing 77 square metres, the small home – called LeJeune Residence – is located in the heart of the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood. Built in 1890, the dwelling originally housed grooms who cared for horses and carriages for More

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AlterStudio adds black-stained angular extension to renovated 1920s bungalow in Texas

Texas architecture firm AlterStudio has turned an Austin bungalow into a three-bedroom home with a black timber extension connected by a glass corridor (+ slideshow). Called the Hillside Residence, visitors enter the house through the glass corridor, which splits the home into communal and more private realms. The linking structure is accessed from a sloping driveway, which helped reorient the house More

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Black-stained house built on Dungeness beach by Rodić Davidson Architects

London-based Rodić Davidson Architects has become the latest architecture studio to build a house on the shingle landscape of Dungeness beach in Kent, England (+ slideshow). Replacing an old fisherman’s cottage, North Vat is a two-storey home for a couple made up of three adjoining cabins, each with gabled profiles and dark-stained larch walls. It More

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Dark corrugated cladding covers Mariana Palacios’ self-designed holiday home in Argentina

Black corrugated metal covers this residence designed by architect Mariana Palacios as a holiday getaway for herself in a remote area of Cordoba, Argentina (+ slideshow). It took Palacios 10 years to track down a suitable site for the family holiday home, which she designed with the help of architects Verónica Oddone and Javier Sánchez. The corrugated metal More

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Gresford Architects completes energy-efficient home modelled on a traditional barn

This English countryside residence was designed by Gresford Architects to be self-sufficient, but to still look and feel like a traditional, “normal” house (+ slideshow). Located on the outskirts of a Berkshire village, the Old Water Tower is the home of practice co-founder Tom Gresford. The property has been certified as a Passivhaus – a title granted to buildings that […]

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Windows spiral towards the roof of Osaka house by Alphaville Architects

Long horizontal windows step around the matt black facade of this family home in Osaka by Alphaville Architects to frame different views of the nearby Yodo River (+ slideshow). The Kyoto firm named the project Spiral Window House after the succession of openings that are staggered across the walls. The positioning of the windows is designed to give […]

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Angular black walls fold around SRK home in Tokyo by ARTechnic Architects

Black textured walls give this seemingly windowless Tokyo residence by ARTechnic Architects a bunker-like appearance (+ slideshow). Tokyo-based ARTechnic Architects designed SRK house on a steeply sloping site in the city’s Meguro ward. There is a 3.7-metre height difference between the road and the back of the site, so studio founder Kotaro Ide devised a spiralling enclosure that acts […]

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Lakeside holiday home by Maximilian Eisenköck has gridded blackened-timber walls

This blackened-timber house by Maximilian Eisenköck provides a holiday home for three siblings and their spouses overlooking a lake near Vienna (+ slideshow). Austrian architect Maximilian Eisenköck designed the summer house for a plot on the shore of Neufeldersee, a lake located just 30 miles south of Vienna. The lake, which is owned by the royal Esterházy family, was created […]

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Vokes and Peters adds black timber extension to a cabin on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Brisbane studio Vokes and Peters has converted this timber holiday home in Queensland into a permanent residence for a semi-retired couple by adding an angular extension (+ slideshow). Stuart Vokes and Aaron Peters, who recently formed their studio after parting company with former partner Paul Owen, added the small extension to provide a new kitchen and living room for the […]

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House in the Netherlands upgraded with a dark grey cladding of timber panels and tiles

WillemsenU Architecten has remodelled a 1960s house near Eindhoven, adding a new dark cladding to the exterior and reorganising the rooms inside (+ slideshow) Located on the outskirts of a village, the two-storey house had previously been renovated by Dutch designer Piet Boon. But Eindhoven-based WillemsenU Architecten was asked to remodel and extend it, to create a better study […]

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Barend Koolhaas completes a blackened timber house with a triangular floor plan

This three-sided house in a Dutch village has two blackened timber sides that flank a neighbouring property, while its only glazed facade is orientated towards into an adjacent field (+ slideshow). Amsterdam-based architect Barend Koolhaas – a former OMA employee and a relative of Rem Koolhaas – designed House in Almen for a plot abutting an existing property in the eastern Netherlands village, after which the project is […]

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Huize Looveld is a blackened timber house built on the site of a razed farmstead

Strips of dark-stained timber give a charred appearance to the three stacked blocks that form this house in the Netherlands, which replaces another property that was destroyed by fire (+ slideshows). Finnish offices Studio Puisto Architects and Bas van Bolderen Architectuur were asked to design the dwelling – called Huize Looveld – to replace a 17th century farmhouse in the Dutch municipality of Duiven, […]

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Black glass box forms a reflective extension to a Victorian townhouse in Dublin

A small extension to the rear of this remodelled townhouse in Dublin is clad and roofed in panels of opaque black glass, designed by architectural studio Ailtireacht to reflect the building’s surroundings. Dublin-based Ailtireacht reconfigured the 18th-century house in Leinster Road, Dublin and added a single-storey extension that projects into the rear garden. Related story: Peter Pichler’s mirror-clad guesthouses are designed to be […]
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Black-stained house by Dualchas Architects completed on the coastline of a Scottish island

The four buildings that make up this house on Scotland’s Isle of Skye were designed by Dualchas Architects to reference the shape and appearance of an old black shed found nearby (+ slideshow). The black residence is the latest in a series of houses that Scottish firm Dualchas Architects has completed on the isle, which […]
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Trellis canopy shades courtyard of Pergola house by Apollo Architects

Wooden ceiling beams extend beyond the walls of this boxy black house in Japan by Apollo Architects & Associates, creating a canopy above a secluded entrance courtyard (+ slideshow). Located in Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo, the two-storey property features an L-shaped plan that wraps around a double-height courtyard. The skeletal canopy overhead prompted the project […]
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Mjölk Architekti’s Carbon house features a burnt wood exterior

The timber walls of this house outside Prague have been partially charred, intended as a reference to the clients’ love of cooking (+ slideshow). Designed by Czech studio Mjölk Architekti, the house is clad with vertical timber planks that have only been slightly burnt, giving the exterior a multi-tonal appearance that varies from pale brown to black. Related […]
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Sigurd Larsen completes low-cost family house in Copenhagen

This small black family house in Copenhagen was designed by Danish architect Sigurd Larsen to be built for a budget of just £95,000 (+ slideshow). Sigurd Larsen, who is based in Berlin, designed the 80-square-metre building as an affordable residence for a family of three, but also as a prototype for low-cost housing in the […]
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Softly contoured interiors lend cave-like aesthetic to lakeside timber cabin

This clapboard-clad cabin with a curvaceous wood-panelled interior has been perched by Atelier Oslo on a wooded slope high over a Norwegian lake (+ slideshow). Atelier Oslo’s Cabin at Norderhov creates a home in Krokskogen forest outside the town of Hønefoss – 40 miles north west of Oslo. Related story: Lakeside sauna by Partisans designed as a cavernous wooden […]
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Domo Dom house by Tadeusz Lemanski arches up to face the sky

The front of this house in Kraków, Poland, is curved dramatically up towards the sky so that Polish architect Tadeusz Lemański could squeeze a garage underneath (+ slideshow). Tadeusz Lemański designed the building – known as Domo Dom – for a single resident who was keen to have a garage in his home, despite local […]

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Forest home by Sanaksenaho Architects features black walls and a bean-shaped roof

Black-painted slats in different widths and thicknesses create uneven ridges on the walls of this lakeside house in a Finnish pine forest (+ slideshow). Designed by Helsinki-based Sanaksenaho Architects, the two-storey Villa Musu provides a home for a family on the eastern edge of a lake in rural central Finland. The building was designed to fit […]

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Blackened timber retreat by Studio Aula built in the woods outside Tokyo

Lengths of black-painted timber clad this single-storey holiday home in Japan by Studio Aula, which steps across a wooded site in three volumes of increasing sizes (+ slideshow). Japanese firm Studio Aula designed the small timber bungalow, called Mukawa House, as a weekend home for a client who commutes to a job in Tokyo. Related story: FAM Architekti’s […]

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Black house by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher is raised above a bathing lake

This muddy-toned timber house by Graz-based Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten is raised on stilts above a sloping site so that it overlooks a swimming pond (+ slideshow). Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten designed the small single-storey House at the Pond with a floor area of just 50 square metres, on the edge of an artificial lake in Austria. […]

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Yoshio Ohno’s black timber house straddles a concrete escarpment in Hiroshima

This blackened-timber house by Japanese studio Yoshio Ohno Architects is sat on top of a sloping concrete retaining wall (+ slideshow). Yoshio Ohno Architects designed the 93-square-metre structure, named House in Miyake, for a site in Hiroshima, Japan. The one-bedroom home is built across a split-level site, which is separated by a four-metre-tall retaining wall. Related story: Blackened […]

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Woodland villa in Sweden designed by Max Holst with a blackened exterior

Swedish architect Max Holst used a traditional Swedish paint to give an all-black appearance to the exterior of this woodland house outside Stockholm (+ slideshow). Completed for Swedish developer Strömma Project, the two-storey Villa Torsby was designed by Max Holst Arkitektkontor for an area of wooded land in Värmdö, a scenic region that forms part […]

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Black glass facade mirrors scenery at south London home by Ian McChesney

Opaque glass cladding on this south London house by Ian McChesney reflects the brick and stucco facades of neighbouring Victorian properties and foliage from a park next door (+ slideshow). Ian McChesney designed the five-bedroom home, named Tree House, for a plot of land in a conservation area in Sydenham, south-east London. Related story: Architecture […]

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Blackened timber house by Harunatsu-Arch is divided by a stepped floor

Charred Japanese cedar clads the exterior of this split-level house in Izumo, Japan, by Kanazawa studio Harunatsu-Arch (+ slideshow). Harunatsu-Arch was approached by a couple in their 30s to create a simple single-storey structure with a footprint of 66 square metres, containing the minimum necessary amenities for contemporary living. Related story: Black house in Osaka […]

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