Collection by Patrick Sisson

Charred Cedar Wraps A Stunning Minimalist Addition in Norway

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The Ankersvingen Annex uses material contrasts to connect a family home with the outdoors.

Architect Thor Olav Solbjør doesn’t see wood as just another material choice, he sees it as a way to “communicate with the surroundings.” Tasked with building a 750-square-foot addition to a country home in Jar, Norway, set amid pine forests, his team at SAAHA turned to charred cedar, a traditional Japanese building material created with charcoal, to create a simple, striking extension.

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