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Surrounded by 5 acres of meadow in Door County, Wisconsin, two simplistic attached forms cleverly separate a home’s living and sleeping spaces, both physically and visually.

Dubbed Svart Hus, meaning “black house” in Swedish, designer and homeowner Kate Smith of firm k.smith | x and builder Form + One Design selected contrasting shou sugi ban siding shades by Nakamoto Forestry for each of the structures, inspired by Smith’s love of black exteriors and the area’s deep Nordic and Scandinavian roots.

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The first structure, which hosts the family’s living, dining, and office spaces, is enveloped in a dark charred surface that weathers and develops character over time. The second structure houses three bedrooms and two baths and blends with the soft colors of the meadow.

“Having spent lots of time in Wisconsin, it’s the perfect vibe,” states one juror during the deliberations. “It’s really clean and fits its environment beautifully.”

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The dynamic exterior inspired the interior finishes, including concrete flooring, monochromatic walls and trim, walnut accents, and subtle lighting. Oversized windows marry indoor and outdoor spaces while framing views of one building to another.

Project Details
Award: Grand
Category: Custom Home: 5,000 square feet or less
Architect: k.smith | x
Builder: Form + One Design
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Size: 2,600 square feet