While this addition in London initially looks like any other black-clad house, it’s finished with an unexpected material: The exterior plywood panels are coated in a spray-on rubber that’s traditionally used on oil rigs to give the home a dark, waterproof shell.
London architecture firm Office S&M designed the Janus House as a backyard extension to a 19th-century brick home. The small structure, which includes a bathroom, kitchen, and storage, is a perfect little cube of a space, dressed up with fun geometries and colors.
Inside, the house shows off playful details like circular door handles and a gridded glass door. The architects designed the space to feel compact but airy. Bright pops of color including sun-yellow kitchen cabinets and butter-yellow bathroom tiles connect the home to the firm’s other whimsical designs.
According to the architects, the house is designed to embrace contrasts—a dark exterior with a light interior. And industrial materials—rubber, polished concrete, zinc, and swimming pool tiles—live alongside warmer wooden details.