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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Rugged flint walls contrast dark cedar gables of House 19 by Jestico and Whiles

Dark-stained cedar gables contrast with knapped flint walls at this English countryside house, designed by London-based Jestico and Whiles for one of the firm’s directors (+ slideshow). House 19 is located in the Chiltern Hills – a picturesque countryside district 30 miles northwest of London. Flint occurs naturally in the Chilterns’ chalk-based soil. The hard material is traditionally used in tool and weapon making, but has 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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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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Peter Zumthor creates buildings on stilts for tourist trail at a Norwegian mine

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has built visitor facilities at a historic mine in Norway, with one structure that hangs off a wall and two that are raised on stilts over a steep cliffside (+ slideshow). Zumthor has created three buildings at the old Allmannajuvet zinc mines in Sauda, which were in use for just 18 years at the end of the 19th century. They include a 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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A449 converts Scottish cottage into writer’s home with scorched larch cladding

Edinburgh practice A449 has adapted a “nondescript” mid-20th-century dwelling in the Scottish Borders to create a home with scenic views for a writer (+ slideshow). The Edinburgh-based practice, led by architect by Matthew Johnson, extended Blakeburn Cottage to the east and west, and clad it in vertical strips of scorched larch. The studio also renovated and reorganised More

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Japanese woodland market by Takuya Hosokai promotes local food produce

Glass walls provide woodland views from inside this structure by Japanese architect Takuya Hosokai, which contains a market and restaurant serving only locally produced food (+ slideshow). Named Plate, the complex was designed by Tokyo-based Hosokai and his team for a patch of dense forest in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture –  described by the architect as a “dreamlike backdrop”. The centre promotes the Chisho-Chisan food movement, More

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SAM Architects uses recycled brick and charred wood for London mews house

SAM Architects chose century-old brickwork and charred larch for the exterior of this mews house in southeast London, which features a brightly coloured kitchen and a folding facade (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Paolo Vimercati and Melanie Schubert of SAM Architects bought a double garage hidden away behind a row of heritage-listed houses in Camberwell in late 2011 with the 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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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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NORD Architecture completes charred timber gatehouse for National Trust estate

Burnt wood clads this gatehouse designed by NORD Architecture for a historic palace in southeast England – a reference to the storm that destroyed many of the estate’s trees in 1987 (+ slideshow). The British firm was commissioned by conservation organisation The National Trust to replace the existing gatehouse at the entrance to Knole House in Sevenoaks, More

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See charred wood facades on Dezeen’s new Pinterest board

We’ve recently published a lot of buildings clad in wood that has been charred using a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban. These include a blackened garden studio in London and a rural Icelandic cottage that settles into the landscape. Visit our new Pinterest board for even more examples of burnt-wood facades. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more More

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Rural Icelandic cottages by PK Arkitektar have turf roofs and burnt timber cladding

Batons of charred timber and layers of turf help this pair of holiday cottages by PK Arkitektar settle into the rugged landscape of south-west Iceland (+ slideshow). Reykjavík-based PK Arkitektar won a competition in 2012 to design the 20 rental cottages for the Association of Academics (BHM) – an umbrella organisation of trade unions. These two cabins form the pilot for the scheme, More

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DP6 Architectuurstudio completes glass and timber home in a woodland setting

This glass and timber house by Dutch office DP6 Architectuurstudio was designed “like a little black box” with sections of dark larch cladding to help it merge with the surrounding trees. Makkinga House was designed by Delft-based office DP6 Architectuurstudio on a rural wooded site overlooking a river in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. More

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Chris Dyson Architects adds two blackened-wood extensions to a London terraced house

Chris Dyson Architects has replaced the rear of a Victorian house in east London with a two-storey extension clad in charred cedar (+ slideshow). The refurbishment to the Kenworthy Road home in Hackney was designed to maximise the restricted space and increase natural daylight into the rear of the property. “The client wanted to create two additional bedrooms, more spacious and brightly More

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Oregon fire station by Hennebery Eddy features a burnt wood facade

Hennebery Eddy Architects has clad a fire station in rural Oregon with charred wood, turning “the destructive manner of fire into an image of beauty” (+ slideshow). The building – called Fire Station 76 – is located in Gresham, a small city just east of Portland. Encompassing 10,120 square feet (940 square metres), the station More

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Garden room by Neil Dusheiko features walls of charred cedar

Charred cedar clads the exterior of this garden room that architect Neil Dusheiko designed as an office-cum-yoga studio for a north London residence (+ slideshow). Described by the architect as a “dark jewel”, the 12-square-metre structure was designed to provide the clients with a workspace, a children’s playroom and an area for practising yoga. Situated at the end of the garden of […]

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