Blackened timber house extension hidden
in the forest by Marchi Architectes

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Paris studio Marchi Architectes layered up timber slats of different thicknesses and proportions to give an irregular texture to the walls of this sunken house extension in Normandy, France (+ slideshow).

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Adélaïde and Nicola Marchi designed the single-storey Black House to accommodate a new open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge for an existing family house, allowing the owners to reconfigure their current layout.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

The structure extends from the rear of the property, but is set at the lowest level of the site so that it is barely noticeable from a road running alongside.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Black-stained timber cladding covers the walls and roof of the extension, allowing it to look like the shadow of the main house, while the textured surface was designed to help it blend in with the surrounding woodland.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

"The dark timber cladding plays with light and shadows so that the extension disappears in the shade of the forest around," said the architects.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Shutters are clad with the same material and can be slid across the windows to screen the interior.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Inside, a two-stage staircase folds around one corner to create routes into the extension from different storeys of the house. There's also an extra door leading straight out to the garden.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

The kitchen is tucked into the corner beneath the staircase, while the dining table sits in the middle of the space and the living area is positioned at the far end.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

A pair of skylights help to distribute natural light through the room and heating is provided by a wood-burning stove.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Read on for a short project description from Adélaïde and Nicola Marchi:


Black House

The client wanted to move the living spaces to a more open and transparent space, in order to free some spaces in the old house. A unique volume is set up, arranging kitchen, living and dining room. From the interior, wide views are offered to the garden and landscape.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

The extension is connected to the existing house as a structurally light volume, as not to overload the foundations. The project is minimal: the volume is integrated in the surrounding, partially recessed in the topography of the ground to stand lower than the street level.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

The dark timber cladding plays with light and shadows so that the extension disappears in the shade of the forest around.

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Program: Housing
Size: 80 m2
Date of design: 2010-2013
Date of completion: 2013

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes

Project team: Olivia Massimi, Marcello Orlandini
Client: Private
Consultants: Baldeschi, SBH, Valentin, Vauchel-Louvel

Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
First floor plan - click for larger image
Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
Cross section - click for larger image
Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
Long section - click for larger image
Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
Side elevation - click for larger image
Blackened timber house extension with textured walls by Marchi Architectes
Rear elevation - click for larger image
  • OKD

    That kind of project next to road – it’s a pure stupidity.

    • sickofbuls%^t

      I’ll say the same about your comment.

    • jos

      I made an account just to vote you down!

  • Don

    Actually why? What’s so “stupid” about that?

    • smsbrk

      I guess in case someone drives over the edge of the road onto the roof? There’s no crash barrier.

      • S

        Yeah, but the road is more or less straight and the house appears to have survived for quite some time, so I guess the extension won’t get crashed into that often either.

  • rui pedro

    This is a great project and the question of build or not to build close to the road is not even a question here. What’s important to mention is that, this is a powerful solution for the site, very well related with the adjacent construction and with the landscape. Accurate approach. Great job!

  • Arun Marvel

    This is really a wonderful structure of building with timber rather than using bricks.