If you’ve ever heard jokes about how your passion for cooking is enough to start fires, you’ll love Czech studio Mjölk Architekti’s Carbon House. Located in Pyšely, a rural town outside Prague, the gabled home is wrapped in a charred and multi-tonal timber facade as a playful nod to the clients’ love for cooking. In contrast to its dark exterior, the two-story house features a light-filled interior with clean, whitewashed walls and light wooden accents.
Mjölk Architekti built the Carbon House for a couple named Katka and Honza, their three sons, and their pets. “Katka and Honza are cooking all the time,” write the architects. “So they decided to burn their new house as well—but not from ground to top. Just only all around.” The vertical timber planks were unevenly charred to create a variegated appearance.
Inside, the ground floor comprises an open-plan living area, kitchen, and dining space; a separated study is tucked behind a wood burning stove. Three bedrooms are located on the second floor. Drenched in natural light, the minimalist interior features whitewashed walls and exposed timber ceiling beams that reinforce the home’s rustic character. The Carbon House was also designed with an attached garden and vegetable patch.
Images via Mjölk Architekti