Amsterdam-based Chris Collaris Architects replaced a traditional brick home north of the city with a modern knockout clad in charred timber. While the home’s design references local building types with its steep gable and simple lines, an asymmetric design cheekily extends one eave to create an overhang above the entrance. Large square windows bring in ample light while also adding to the unconventional look.
But it’s the quality of the home’s burnt facade that gives it such a dramatic look. The Japanese wood-burning technique known as Shou Sugi Ban helps protect the timber from insects and rot, and it’s lately become a popular facet of modern statement homes.
The home also incorporates some Passive House best practices, including high-density insulation and double-sealed windows. Solar panels are directly integrated into the roof, flush with its charred timber boards.
Restrictive zoning kept the home at a standard two-story height, but clever interior arrangement created an extra mezzanine level. A dormer window on this middle floor helps create more space for a large second-floor bathroom.
Inside, ceiling beams have been left exposed and brick from the original home’s facade has been incorporated into some walls. No molding or baseboards crowd the clean lines of floors and windows.