Black pavilion filled with glass yams examines colonisation in Australia

Hundreds of black glass yams line the interior of this cylindrical pavilion in Victoria, Australia, designed by architecture studio Edition Office – Dezeen’s Emerging architect of the year – and artist Yhonnie Scarce. Titled In Absence, the pavilion explores the physical legacy of Aboriginal people’s dispossession as a result of colonial land theft in the […]

BVH creates visitor centre for bluff overlooking Nebraska river valley

Architecture studio BVH used materials such as charred wood and weathering steel to help a visitor centre in a wilderness preserve hold up against harsh weather conditions. The Niobrara River Valley Preserve Visitors Center is located near Johnstown, a rural village in north-central Nebraska. The building serves as a gathering spot and educational hub for […]

Black timber and zinc house with sauna sits next to a Finnish lake

A house by Studio Puisto in Finland, sits between a lake and a dense spruce forest and is clad in black-oiled wood and topped by sloping zinc roofs. Called Three Square House, the house in Southern Savonia is made up of three interlocking volumes, with a central building flanked by two smaller spaces. These auxiliary […]

House clad in burnt larch perches on a rocky site in the Scottish Highlands

Mary Arnold-Forster Architects used planks of burnt larch to clad a cross-laminated timber house in the Scottish Highlands raised on low foundations above the rocky landscape. The house is located in the small village of Nedd, which is also the name of the project. Mary Arnold-Forster Architects surveyed the site to determine a location that […]

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 […]

Two gabled black cabins form summer retreat on an Estonian beach

Two gabled cabins with pitch-black exteriors form a holiday house on Matsi Beach in Estonia, built on the remains of a Soviet-era fishing village by architect Hanna Karits. The summer house sits on the seaside surrounded by old fishing sheds and the wooden skeletons of boats. The two gabled forms sit on axis with one […]

Bureau de Change covers barn-style Cotswolds house with ombré effect charred larch

Architecture studio Bureau de Change has covered a Cotswolds house formed of a pair of interlocking barn-style buildings in stone and larch, which has been charred for a graduated effect. Long House is comprised of two parallel volumes that appear pushed together so they overlap, merging internally to create a large living space overlooking a […]

Wood stripes detail black house in rural Uruguay by FRAM Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti

A glass walkway and terrace connect both halves of this black house near La Juanita beach, Uruguay, which FRAM Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti built almost exclusively out of wood. The property is built on a slope near Jose Ignacio Lake, a coastal body of water that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. It was completed by […]

Blackened wood appears throughout R Apartment by Francesc Rifé Studio

Black-stained wood partitions meet time-worn tile floors inside this Valencia apartment, which has been overhauled by Francesc Rifé Studio. Set within La Finca Roja – a red-brick residential block in Valencia’s Jesús neighbourhood that dates back to 1929 – the R Apartment has been re-designed by Francesc Rifé Studio to feature a mix of old […]

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