Inspired by traditional Japanese wood conservation techniques, Dutch architects BYTR created this beautiful new extension for a dated home using burnt wood planks. BYTR was called for the job to design a long-lasting and low-maintenance structure that would integrate a wine cellar, spacious kitchen and dining area into the 50s style home. Using burnt wood for construction -- as done with the ancient Shou Sugi Ban method -- the beautiful wood construction can keep fire, bacteria and fungi at bay without the need for chemical treatment.
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.
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