London-based studio Dow Jones Architects designed 'The Sett,' a seaside home clad in Larch, in the small village of Totland, located on the Isle of Wright, England.
The home was painted black in order to better resemble the fishermen's sheds it takes its inspiration from. Architect Alun Jones explains, "The cladding is Siberian larch, which is naturally yellow-green, and the windows are sapele wood, which is a dark red-chocolate color, so we wanted the exterior to have a uniformity so you read the formal qualities of the composition, and not the materials."
The two-storey family home resides on a former orchard, and the architects wanted to frame the fruit trees surrounding the courtyard. The ground floor has been purposefully arranged to have a more open relationship with the site; specifically, each room is oriented to optimize for natural light throughout the day.