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Modern House Clad in Blackened Timber Updates the Rustic Cabin

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It’s the work of Johnsen Schmaling Architects

This lovely, rather simple timber cabin is the work of Milwaukee-based firm Johnsen Schmaling Architects, which was commissioned to create the home as a vacation retreat in the northern Wisconsin town of St. Germain (which lies not far from the Canadian border).

The most prominent aesthetic move on the exterior of the house is its blackened-pine cladding, which in other hands may give it a slightly menacing, storybook-witch’s-lair look, but here offers a little refinement in housing type not particularly known for it. Dubbed, appropriately, the Linear Cabin—look at all those clean lines!—the house is actually three equally sized volumes, with discrete functions for "service," "sleeping," and "storage," united under a single roof plane.

Inside, the open-plan spaces feature exposed-timber-beam ceilings, concrete floors, and wood-paneled walls, in a nod to the material palette most frequently found in such cabins. A wood-burning stove in the living room is a further nod to the cabins of yore, but, as Dezeen points out, the contemporary furniture in the home and clean lines of the space are thoroughly modern. Take a look.