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Cardrona Cabin - Wanaka, New Zealand

Designed as a showcase for Abodo, this seemingly simple cabin embodies our motto: Carefully Crafted Timber

Set in the heart of Cardrona Valley, in the South Island’s harsh alpine climate, the cabin demonstrates the durability, along with the beauty of Abodo timber products and processes.

Externally, the slatted Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x Finish is designed to age and weather to the grey tones of its rocky environment, while the concrete base is imprinted with the grained texture of timber formwork.

The interior reflects warmth, texture and heart with a crafted carpentry of exposed timber structure, and highly grained timber panelling evocative of sarking in early period cottages in the area.

No longer can we use slow grown, imported timbers to build premium homes and structures in our country. This building is a showcase of what can be achieved when we think differently.

Abodo timbers are sourced from rapidly renewable New Zealand plantations that help to mitigate climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon.

Using state-of-the-art thermal modification and grain orientation technology, we can craft beautiful timbers that stand the test of time, without disadvantaging future generations.

Address: 2340 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona, Wanaka - near the Cardrona Hotel

The Cardrona Cabin is open by appointment. Please get in touch to book a time.

A few carefully crafted details

  • Façade and Roof: Abodo Vulcan timber screening, finished in Sioo:x, a silicate based wood finish designed to silver off.

  • Entry Platform: Vulcan board formed concrete with “bush hammer” finish.

  • Structure: Abodo Vulcan timber in exposed studs and rafters in raw finish combined with exposed steel portals.

  • Interiors: Abodo Vulcan Panelling TG9 – raw finish.

  • Flooring: Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech, finished in Whittle Evolution hard wax oil.

  • Kitchen: Abodo Vulcan facings, with Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech bench top, finished in Rubio Monocoat Intense Black.

Download a copy of the project sheet here.

Download a copy of the predictive thermal modelling report here - for Passive House / Low Energy Building.

Read more on how to fix rainscreen elements here.

For timber samples or more information, please get in touch.

The Chapel to Craft - an interview with Justin Wright of Assembly Architects

Project Details
Completion date:
Early 2020
Assembly Architects
Dunlop Builders - Wanaka
Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x Finish
Vulcan Panelling - TG9 profile
Cardrona - South Island, New Zealand
Photography credit:
Simon Devitt and Chris Lea
Trailer videography credit:
Jiwan Singh
Interview videography credit:
Grant Johnston
Winner - 2020 Interior Awards - Retail Category
Winner - 2020 Southern Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
Winner - 2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
Regional Category Winner - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category
Gold Award - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category

Tūhoe Living Building - Lake Waikaremoana, New Zealand

Tūhoe have now completed their second Living Building project, which also uses Abodo’s FSC® certified, sustainably harvested eco-timbers

This is not the first time Tūhoe have taken on a Living Building Challenge.

Their award-winning Te Kura Whare was the first Living Building in New Zealand and the Iwi have now completed their second Living Building project, which also uses Abodo’s FSC® certified, sustainably harvested eco-timbers.

The Visitor’s Centre features charred Vulcan Cladding on the façade, with two large panels at either end of the building. The charred timber panels are symbolic of an important event in the tribe’s history, when the Crown employed its scorched earth policy against Tūhoe in 1867.

The panels were created onsite by Iwi and Abodo staff members, using a traditional Japanese method of preserving wood (‘Shou Sugi Ban’) by burning the surface of the timber to a consistent depth of char.

After charring, the boards were sealed with Protector Oil Ebony, to prevent rub off. Charred timber, if produced correctly can last for generations.

Vulcan timber was also used for window and door joinery (finished with Protector Oil), the Centre’s decks are in Sand Decking, with Pearl finish.

Where feasible, the building also uses locally sourced materials and labour.

Importantly for Ngai Tūhoe, where the meaning behind the wood also plays its part, the wood fibre used for the project is locally sourced by Abodo from FSC-certified forests in the Kaingaroa region, most of which are on or close to Ngai Tūhoe land.

The Visitor’s Centre includes ticketing (for the great walk), café and kitchen, administration, retail and a wānanga space.

The building is reflective of the lake and the surrounding geomorphology, designed by the talented architects at Tennent Brown.

We’re proud to work with Tūhoe on their second Living Building challenge, supplying Abodo sustainably harvested, eco-timber joinery and cladding.

The Centre opened on 23 December 2016.

This project won two gold awards at the 2018 New Zealand Timber Design Awards:

  • Commercial Architectural Excellence Award
  • Wood & Fibre Creativity Award

Project Details
Vulcan Charred Cladding, Sand Decking, Vulcan Joinery, MCA Treated Structural Timbers
Late 2016
Lake Waikaremoana, New Zealand
Tennent and Brown
Signage & charred panels concept:
Law Creative Group

Roscommon House - Western Australia

The rich tones of Vulcan timber make the Roscommon House an inspirational example of timber integration and versatility.

The Roscommon House is constructed primarily from concrete, with a large amount continuing from the outside-in and featuring in the house’s interior design.

Despite appearing as a concrete building from the outside, the interiors are remarkably warm, a result achieved through the extensive use of timber.

This project is a demonstration of how versatile timber is in the different forms it has been used.

The textures and colours can be paired with opposing materials (in this case; concrete, brass and stone), to produce a much richer environment and harmony through the intricacy of detailing.

Vulcan timber was selected for its beautiful, consistent colour tones.

Materials to last many generations

The Roscommon House is designed and built to last many generations, and as such needed conviction in the material selection, both from a structural and moral standpoint.

The selection of long-lasting, low maintenance materials contributes thermal mass, maintaining stable internal temperatures regardless of the season. Insulation– both thermal and acoustic– adds to indoor comfort throughout the year.

Inspirational design

Walls and ceilings have been designed as a series of unadulterated planes and blocks of interlocking sculptural shapes, further emphasised through services and lighting being generally discreet or even hidden.

The timber cabinetwork and timber clad wall elements read as one to simplify the visual reading of spaces. The fluid kitchen island bench with the hovering stone top reflects the local iconic beachside concrete kiosk building saved by the community.

Sustainably sourced timber

Timber in the project was sourced from certified plantations. Approximately 40% of the timber in the project was Vulcan scotia or boards and is produced from FSC® Certified Forests.

A cosy timber reading room

The Reading Room in Roscommon House is an intimate space. There is no exposed concrete like elsewhere in the house, and a combination of timber and colour has been used to create a cosy environment.

All walls except one are clad in Vulcan timber scotia battens and are broken up by recessed display and book shelving.

Timber kitchen genius

The kitchen of Roscommon House features extensive amounts of timber and marble surfaces, balancing hard and soft materials. The texture of the marble within the smooth surfaces contrasts with that created by the profile of the Vulcan timber scotia battens.

The battens are a thermally modified product originally from plantation Pine. The consistency offered by this process meant that nothing detracted from the texture created by the batten profile. The battens have also been integrated into the fridge/ freezer doors and the cavity sliding door to the pantry.

Utilising the individual unit of the scotia batten the sculptural form of the island bench has been clad, relating the external roof forms of the building whilst continuing to add warmth to the interiors.

Project Details
Neil Cownie Architect
Mosman Bay Construction
Robert Frith and Michael Nicholson
Vulcan Panelling - Tongue and Grooved Triple Scotia 132x16mm
Intergrain Ultraclear Exterior Satin

Vodafone InnoV8 Building - Christchurch, New Zealand

Vodafone's new ‘Innov8’ building, located in Christchurch's innovation precinct, has been designed to the highest green building standards.

Vodafone's building has featured Abodo’s Vulcan Cladding extensively through the interior and exterior, it’s the first commercial property in Christchurch’s innovation precinct to be awarded a Green Star Design rating from the NZ Green Building Council.

The Vodafone Innov8 brief required the design team to create a positive, healthy interior environment that not only brought people together but nurtured their well-being. With this in mind, the team developed the concept of a laneway tree house, which also helped inform the fit-out concept of the urban village; connecting those working in the office with each other, and with their surroundings.

The use of timber was key in realising this design intent and in bringing a level of familiarity, warmth and tactility to the structure at a level where people will engage with it directly. InnoV8, Vodafone’s new South Island base, has achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating. Jasmax chose Abodo Vulcan timber as it is made from FSC® certified renewable NZ radiata pine forests.

Abodo Vulcan thermally modified timber features extensively on the exterior elements of the building

The timber is locally sourced and has been through a patented treatment process which removes the need for the timber to be chemically treated. This means it’s safe for people and the environment, a great fit for a project of this kind which promotes sustainability and well-being alongside business success.

Abodo Vulcan thermally modified timber features extensively on the exterior elements of the building including solar screening, feature panels and decorative insets. The timber was chosen due to its natural durability and stability, meaning even in weather-exposed conditions it will achieve exceptional weatherability and maintain its beauty for a lifetime. Abodo worked with Jasmax to design a custom profile for exterior soffit that accommodates a red aluminium ‘T’ section profile making for a striking showcase of the client’s corporate colour.

Kept at street level and protected by an eave, the maintenance on this natural wood façade will be minimal and easily accessible. Jasmax created a special connection detail in consultation with Abodo to accommodate Vulcan timber solar screening on the exterior facade.

The entrance and reception area utilises timber elements to offset hard surfaces – and to bring warmth and beauty to the stylish, technology-focused layout. Abodo Protector Oil was used to finish the timber. It is a natural penetrating oil designed to be used exterior, however due to low VOC and being non toxic in nature, it was able to be used inside to maintain a consistent aesthetic.

The entrance and reception area utilises timber elements to offset hard surfaces

Project Details
Vulcan Cladding
Vulcan Screening Bandsawn Four Face
Early 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand


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