Vondalwig Architecture refreshes mid-century house in Upstate New York with blackened wood - architecture and design

Vondalwig Architecture refreshes mid-century house in Upstate New York with blackened wood



New York studio Vondalwig Architecture has overhauled the exterior of a 1960s house in Hudson Valley with blackened wood, and updated the interiors with features like white-painted brick and a curved pink wall.
Called House 23, the residence comprises a two-storey dwelling and a detached studio that was built in 1967 in Bedford in Westchester County. The area is known for its natural surrounds that are only an hour drive from New York City.

The house sits on 13 acres (five hectares) and overlooks a small pond. It is complete with a deck, outdoor swimming pool, single-storey addition and three-car garage that were all added during a renovation in 2009.
Vondalwig Architecture was tasked to refurbish the property with a modern aesthetic that enhanced its original design.
The studio overhauled the exterior in wood cladding blackened using the traditional Japanese technique shou sugi ban and black window frames. Previously the three structures on site were pale grey and had white window frames.
Other updates included reconfiguring the floor plan and adding large windows. A cohesive palette guides the interiors with white walls and pale wood floors.

Upon entering is a double-height sitting area with an existing brick fireplace that has been white painted and two CH25 Easy Chairs by Hans J Wegner.
A free-standing cabinet serves as a room divider for an open-plan dining room and kitchen. Blue barstools add a pop of colour in the otherwise white space.

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