Black Wood by Marchi Architects

View all 15 Photos

Marchi Architects made the black wood portion of this house as an extension to the original structure. Adding an open den and kitchen to an old house in Normandy, the architects chose timber painted so dark it has an almost burnt look to it, especially next to the sometimes smoky reflections on the windows. When I first saw images of Marchi’s project, I was immediately reminded of the sort of tobacco barns that one can find on the other side of the Atlantic. Although the new black wood initially appears to be in contrast with the warm reds of the existing brick, a closer look shows that the addition actually picks up the color of the ashier bricks. While bold in vision, the extension complements the original structure and the natural surroundings, as the vertical lines of its cladding echo the shape of the trees and as its multiple, descending levels create an illusion of the man-made structure fading into shadow. Photography Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

    string(5) "Holly"

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Tags: , , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Salt Point Extension

    A sculptural extension designed in a collaboration between architecture firm Reddymade and artist Ai Weiwei….

  • House in the Dunes

    A renovation and thoughtful upgrade of a 1970s Charles Gwathmey house. Designed in the 1970s…

  • House in Odaka

    A modern Japanese house designed with eight connecting volumes. Built at the southern edge of…

  • House Lhotka

    A family home designed with four monolithic volumes arranged around a dining area. Built in…

  • Casa Amapa

    A concrete house built in a secluded forest in Mexico. Inspired by the idea of…

  • Comillas House

    A restored and thoughtfully modernized 19th century house in Spain. Located in the center of…

  • Pearl Beach House

    A concrete house designed with courtyards that open to the sky and the surrounding bushland…

  • The Writer’s Cabin

    A cabin designed with a sculptural bookcase and glazed walls that overlook a garden. Designed…

  • Kyneton House

    A design that celebrates the passing of time and the beauty of light. Designed by…

  • Six Square House

    A modern six-module house in the Hamptons. Located in Bridgehampton, New York, the 3,500 sq…

Take me there

  • Casa Morelli

    A modern retreat built within a restored 16th-century farmhouse in Tuscany. Located in Radda, in…

  • Kalesma Mykonos

    A high-end, modern hotel inspired by traditional architecture from Mykonos, Greece. Located on Mykonos, in…

  • Villa Icaria

    A relaxing retreat built among pine and oak trees on the banks of the Tagus…

loader