Project:                           Personal Residence

Product:                          Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels and Tiles

Owner:                            Suzanne McFayden, Jamaican-born writer and philanthropist

Architects:                      Paul Lamb and Ted Young of Paul Lamb Architects

Interior Designer:          Jennifer Vaughn Miller of Vaughn Miller Studio

Builder:                           Crowell Builders

Location:                        West Austin, Texas

Project Vision:
“As a black woman and as a divorced woman, I feel like I’m finally carving out room for myself in the world. Doing this house helped me reclaim my voice.” Suzanne McFayden

The Architects “… injected the space with a mix of unexpected materials that, in [Lamb’s] words, ‘emphasized the raw and evocative power of the concrete shell, sometimes riffing on its roughness, sometimes contrasting it.’ In the kitchen, blackened steel panels carried over from the entry join an island topped in white macaubas quartzite and a wall clad in tiles of lichen-speckled tree bark. A moody powder room balances an Italian marble sink with a custom perforated steel vanity and unlacquered brass hardware. Everywhere, amply proportioned windows and glass doors allow bursts of natural light to soften and envelop the spaces and connect them with the outdoors. ’Her previous home was an admirable house in an established neighborhood of Austin,’ says Lamb, ‘but this house offered new possibilities. It could be daring and unexpected; it could express an unfettered spirit.’”

Read the Architectural Digest article.

 Lamb and Young extended blackened steel panels on view in the entry area to the kitchen, where they join subtly veined white macaubas quartzite and tree bark tiles speckled with lichen and woodpecker holes.
An Apparatus fixture hangs above the seating area in the library, which is separated from the hallway with sliding doors that pocket into the bark-clad walls and slide behind the painted wood bookshelves.

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