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Charcoal House / Yellow Cloud Studio

  • 02:00 - 11 April, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Charcoal House / Yellow Cloud Studio
Charcoal House / Yellow Cloud Studio, Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio
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  • Building Contractors

    Tomasz Ochedalski
  • Structural Engineers

    John Molloy
  • Kitchen/ Cabinetry

    Ashcroft Interiors
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Text description provided by the architects. Charcoal House is as a crisp, rectangular corner plot extension, clad with black timber, wrapped in glazing and set in a concrete landscape that highlights its sharp angles. The brief was to transform a dark, fragmented space into a bright kitchen/dining area, bringing natural light and garden views far into the house.

Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio
Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

Our proposal dealt with the challenges of having a property exposed to the street together with being located on a slope so respecting privacy and producing a seamless transition between floor levels were important design goals. The new building stands tall and mysterious towards the side street with a blind wall while opening up with large windows towards the top, front and back.

Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio
Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

The wrapped glazing strip allows for garden views to extend all the way to the new study room and helps create a weather protected external patio with integrated seating. Careful sequencing of interior and exterior spaces gives an overwhelming feeling of openness and connection. The redesigned back garden sits several steps lower than the house, ensuring privacy while outside.

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Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio
Floor plan
Floor plan
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Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

Black vertical timber cladding is applied to the extended volume, with only a strip of glazing separating the side wall. The patio is treated as a negative space, removed from the main volume and therefore clad with light larch timber. All landscape is poured concrete, with steps forming an external seating area and blending seamlessly with the back garden.

Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio
Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

The result is a black enigmatic volume that conceals bright, open spaces which are constantly transformed by natural light casting playful shadows of the geometry and that uses transparency through its sequence of spaces, giving exciting visual connections to normally blind parts of the house.

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Courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

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Cite: "Charcoal House / Yellow Cloud Studio" 11 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/914470/charcoal-house-yellow-cloud-studio/> ISSN 0719-8884

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