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Black Timber Clad House

This black house near La Juanita Beach in Uruguay was built from wood by FRAM Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti. The property is on a slope near Lake Jose Ignacio, a coastal body of water that flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Two wooden volumes with angled roof lines form the mass of the house. Different types and treatments of the material were used for the structure, walls, cladding and interior decoration. Dark horizontal planks wrap the house and are held in place with slightly paler vertical elements that align with the building structure. The team combined pale pine, a soft and inexpensive wood, with massaranduba, a species native to South America. The pine boards are oil-colored in a dark shade that contrasts the natural color of the tropical wood. The Massaranduba strips were also treated with oil, but left in their natural shade. Pine was also used for the interior decoration, where the material was whitewashed to protect it and brighten the residents’ living spaces.

Visitors enter the house from the north where the property leads to the street. This leaves the southern part of the site open to the sea. This disposition overlaps with the operations planned for the house: a lower level to accommodate family members, which holds the common areas of the house, and an upper level, which is reserved exclusively for the owners. The space between each half of the house also gives access to a semi-enclosed terrace covered by a wooden lattice over the head.

The interiors are clean and minimalist, with a few pops of color brought about by the resident’s furniture and belongings. A pastel blue bookcase runs along the walkway between each half of the house. The open shelves let light through and keep this corridor airy and bright. Matching cabinets offer storage space in the open kitchen.

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