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BYTR Architects Burnt the Wood of This Beautiful Extension to Keep Bugs and Fungi at Bay

by , 04/06/12
filed under: Architecture


BYTR, Dutch design, Japanese traditions, the Netherlands, burnt wood, Shou Sugi Ban, sustainable architecture

The new extension maintains a volume that is the same height as the original property, making a stark yet playful contrast. Long rectangular windows and a double glass door gives the decades old home a contemporary look with panoramic views into the garden. The clean interiors are not conventional either, the faceted ceiling creates a dizzying effect, and a corner skylight naturally brightens the whole area, creating a beautiful contrast to the dark exterior.

Old, traditional Japanese homes that have employed the Shou Sugi Ban technique to treat their exterior timber are said to last over 80 years without intervention. The hot technique is completed by burning the wood with an industrial torch, where the wood is then left to smolder and finally doused with water to stop the burning process. The remnants are then scrubbed, left to dry, and finished with oil.

Functional, traditional and sustainable, this burnt wood extension highlights the beauty of fusing Dutch creativity and Japanese traditions.

+ BYTR

Photos © BYTR

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