Going With The Grain: Stylish Home Designs Harness The Beauty of Eco-Friendly Wood
Pushing boundaries in design and sustainability, Kebony wood has been harnessed to complete some of the most stylish European homes this year.
From a remote Island hideaway in Norway to a transformed family home in the Surrey Hills, Kebony, a producer of sustainable, modified wood has been chosen to complete some of the most ambitious and striking homes of 2019.
Responding to the growing demand for eco-conscious materials in construction, five of the most impressive homes from across Europe have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainability, without compromising on unique and beautiful design.
Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Kebony, has set its sights on redefining standards in the treated timber industry and making the most of new opportunities for wood as a sustainable construction material.
It uses an environmentally-friendly process that modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product.
By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood, including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability.
Kings Lea House – Abinger, Dorking
A once traditional 20th Century house deep in the Surrey hills was skilfully transformed by Lees Munday Architects into a contemporary family home.
With an extension to give the property a new lease of life, juxtaposed against the original building, the architects selected Kebony to achieve the owner’s vision for a sustainable and family-friendly home.
Natural materials and finishes, including stone and timber, were selected inside and out for their authenticity and their ability to wear in instead of wearing out.
Improving the energy efficiency of the house was also paramount for the owner, which was achieved by draught-proofing, enhanced insulation, and the installation of 21 flat, black, photovoltaic panels on the new kitchen roof.
House on an island – Skåtøy, Norway
Located among rough terrain and a rocky landscape on the Norwegian island of Skåtøy, sits a remarkable holiday home built by two artists whose vision was to create an innovative and peaceful retreat.
Expertly designed to be in keeping with its natural Nordic surroundings, Kebony was selected to clad the exterior of the property, creating a beautiful and sustainable home which blends delicately into the rugged surroundings.
Architects Atelier Oslo created a ruin-like structure within the home which comprises an open-plan living space, kitchen, fireplace and a micro-mezzanine level. Rich Kebony wood unites the house with nearby trees populating the island.
Coastal Home – Norway
In southern Norway, architect Thomas Nesheim’s new and ambitious coastal home is the product of unique design and the use of innovative materials.
Blending seamlessly into the rugged landscape, the self-build home is characterised by the extensive use of charred Kebony cladding, which creates a striking finish to the rural project.
The cladding allows the home to evolve throughout the day, changing colour in different lights and weather conditions, and reflecting the stunning Norwegian sky at night.
The home is designed to allow large amounts of natural light to spill into the home through the expansive glass windows and doors, while fostering the open-plan interior, which fulfilled the architect’s brief.
Holiday cottage – Boeslum Strand, Norway
Located in Boeslum Strand, a seaside village in Denmark renowned for its beautiful white beaches and grassy plains, lies a charming holiday cottage designed by local architect, Elin Donskov, to provide a 180 degree view of the water.
Kebony, was selected to clad the facade of the remote summer house, providing an environmentally-friendly build with a natural and understated appearance.
The cladding helped achieve a silvery, natural external aesthetic with the added benefit of minimum maintenance.
Swedish self-build – Stockholm
Hidden among pine trees in the rural suburbs of Stockholm, Matthew Eastwood of Swedish firm, Tengbom, has tailor-made his very own architectural treasure for his family to enjoy.
The architect wanted a natural wood that resembled similar characteristics to the adjacent pine trees for the external cladding, which is why Kebony was selected.
Not only does the house blend naturally into its surroundings without causing harm to the environment, the wood is also incredibly resilient to wear and weathering.
The house boasts an impressive dining room with glass walls on both sides, creating an airy atmosphere with a spectacular view.
It incorporates plenty of natural daylight throughout the house and allows the surrounding forest to feature throughout the interior design.
Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony, comments: “Looking back at 2019, we are all very proud that Kebony was selected by such a number of leading architects for some of the year’s most exciting residential projects.
“The wood’s versatility means that Kebony is used across a huge range of buildings and products across the world, and these outstanding projects demonstrate how more and more leading built environment professionals are recognising the importance of sustainability in the realms of construction.”
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