We're moving ahead with our plans for a garage. We brought in our neighbour and architect, Zuzanna Krykorka of Studio Z, to helps with the design. She presented three schemes to us a few weeks ago and we have settled on the one below with a few variations.
The inspiration for the garage is based on a classic black barn where the sides and roof of the building almost disappear into one another. This example in particular, The Stealth Barn by Carl Turner Architects, is the look I'm going for.
Another great example in this style, is the Black and Bright house by Danish architect Jan Henrik Jansen on the Danish Island of Mon.
Isn't it beautiful how the sides of this house open up to reveal the interior?
Of course, we're not building a house (like the above two examples) so ours will be much simpler but I am hoping to add a wood burning sauna if possible. Really, that's the part I am most excited about.
We're also beginning to take a look at possible materials for the outside of the garage everything from charred to black stained wood. I love the look of shou sugi ban torched lumber which is the Japanese method of burning wood to reduce the likelihood of fire and to keep insects and rot away. We've received some samples from reSAWN timber co. which look amazing. Next step is to refine our plans and put the bid out to contractors. Stay tuned.