Two gabled black cabins form summer retreat on an Estonian beach - architecture and design

Two gabled black cabins form summer retreat on an Estonian beach

Two gabled cabins with pitch-black exteriors form a holiday house on Matsi Beach in Estonia, built on the remains of a Soviet-era fishing village by architect Hanna Karits.
The summer house sits on the seaside surrounded by old fishing sheds and the wooden skeletons of boats.

The two gabled forms sit on axis with one another, split in the middle by an area of decking that frames a view of the sea.
A small hot tub has been set into the decking between the two buildings.

The larger of these two structures contains the home itself, while the smaller one houses a boathouse, sauna guest room and kitchenette.
"The larger building, with its focused views which change with the seasons and the time of day, serves as the main living area," said Karits.
Facing out onto a sunken terrace area is a completely glazed gable end, which fills the living space with light as well as allowing for dramatic views out to the landscape.

"The views from the large glass facade open up along the beach towards an evening sunset whereas the fireplace positioned in front of the facade creates an intimate feeling at night," said Karits.

A sunken terrace is protected from the wind and screened by trees.
Externally, the cabins are almost entirely finished in black, with the white-rendered wall of the sunken terrace as the only contrasting pale element.

"In order to oppose the surroundings the houses were painted black," said  Karits. "Spruce was used in combination w...

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