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11.08.16

Burnt Wood – Global Architectural Trend

Charred wood cladding and feature lining are the products of an ancient Japanese technique that creates a unique, beautiful and durable exterior wood product.

The Japanese invented this technique hundreds of years ago, calling it “shou sugi ban” or “yakisugi”.

The idea is to burn the surface of wood to a varying degree of char. An important influence in modern exterior timber cladding design, the blackened effect is achieved through a process involving the use of an open fire to leave timber with a charred, blackish finish. Abodo uses use industrial blowtorches to replicate this effect.

The charred surface can be left completely untouched, can be heavily or lightly brushed, and can be sealed with a clear coat or oil. This charred surface is then decay, insect, weather, UV and fire resistant – but most importantly, aesthetically unique, striking and beautiful.

Charred, or blackened timber is now trending in exterior cladding design and is achieved in different ways. When used for multi-depth cladding, it simultaneously conveys rustic charm while accentuating the contemporary lines of a structure.

Abodo has developed prototypes of charred Vulcan and charred Tundra with great success, and will be developing these products for release as part of their cladding range.

See some example houses clad with charred timber:

  • Designed by PAUHOF Architekten, this private house features charred oak cladding on the facade as well as the walls. The charred vertical cladding adds drama to a striking silhouette.
  • Designed by NAF architect & design, this home features three layers of space along with a charred cedar fence and façade.