What was once a slightly-reflective coating used to protect boats, has become, through the workings of London-based firm Dow Jones Architects, a dark and stormy façade for a seaside abode on England's Isle of Wight—and another brooding dollop of architecture to add to the index of houses painted black.The architectural team took inspiration the black fishermen's sheds on a nearby beach, translating their noir coats into a two-story home for a family of four.
Each room is oriented to catch light, creating a sort of chiaroscuro from the shadowy, heavy exterior to the light and airy interiors. The kitchen faces east to take in the morning light which comes in through the great windows, while the living room faces south to catch light throughout the day. Around dinner time, the dining room faces west to grab the beauty of the sunset—and this is all just the ground floor. Take the stairs to bedrooms and a playroom with a view of the sea.
This house creates, cue the archibabble, "This sense of an unfolding mystery—of spaces beyond spaces, and light appearing around corners."