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He was introduced to the Japanese practice of shou-sugi-ban, in which wood surfaces are burned so that the char serves as a protective finish. This explains the home’s blackened exteriors. “Burning is a natural sealant, and black is the most unobtrusive color in nature,” Cohen explains. “We wanted the house to kind of disappear into the landscape.”
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The architects also wanted to ensure that the house blended in with its natural surroundings, so clad the top volume in cedar that was charred using an ancient Japanese technique known as shou sugi ban.