Tractor shed converted into house clad in scorched wood

HeathWalker has turned a tractor shed in Hertfordshire into a house clad in timber cut from trees on the client’s own land and scorched using a blowtorch. Called the Tractor Shed, the house was built for for an artist who grew up in a farmhouse, with a “love of open landscape and barn-like spaces but also […]

MIT creates blackest black that is darker than Vantablack

MIT engineers have created a blackest black coating from carbon nanotubes that is reportedly 10 times darker than any material created before, including Vantablack. The coating, which is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) grown on chlorine-etched aluminium foil, can absorb 99.995 percent of visible light. “Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s […]

WGNB designs all-black flagship store for fashion brand Juun.J

Korean practice WGNB has designed the flagship shop for fashion brand Juun.J in Seoul as a cluster of black geometric forms. Working with the motifs of circles, triangles and squares, the store occupies a black-rendered building that abuts a cafe with a steep triangular roof sweeping down to cover a glazed circular courtyard. WGNB drew on […]

SERA expands Portland Playhouse with building wrapped in glass and charred wood

American studio SERA Architects has overhauled a 115-year-old church building and created a contemporary addition to house a nonprofit theatre company in Oregon. Since 2008, the Portland Playhouse has operated out of a once-vacant church in the city’s King neighbourhood. In the early days, the group got by with sofa seating and other make-shift solutions. […]

Anders Ruhwald converts abandoned Detroit building into all-black installation

Charred wood, lead shingles and molten glass are among the materials used by artist Anders Ruhwald to transform a vacant Detroit apartment building into a public art installation that acts as a memorial. The installation, called Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, is located inside a once-dilapidated apartment building on Detroit’s East Side. Anders Ruhwald – a ceramic […]

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