Shou sugi ban

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Project • By Joris Verhoeven ArchitectuurPrivate Houses

Silky black house

This silky shining dwelling is located in an rural expansion area. At first glance this rustic laid back house does not stand out among the surrounding houses. The burnt wood subtly refers to black barns in this area.  John van Groenedaal The origin of the black-burned facade cladding technique is in Japan, where it is called Shou Sugi Ban. They use this age-old technique to make wood maintenance-free and sustainable. Burning creates a layer of carbon on the wood so that the ingress of moisture and mold is prevented.  John van Groenedaal The chamfering of the charred house follows the border of the plot. It is also oriented to the position of the sun. The entire house forms an asymmetrical sculptural play of mass and o... More

NewsNews • 22 Mar 2022

Arched openings dominate Studio Jayga Architects’ British house extension

The young family of a 1930s semi-detached house in Loughton, Essex, wanted to open up the floorplan and add an extension for a new kitchen with a strong connection to the garden. Marcus Peel Studio Jayga Architects reconfigured the internal spaces and added a split-level extension clad with  shou-sugi-ban timber. Marcus Peel The split-level allowed the kitchen to be on the level with the slightly lower garden. A linear rooflight connects the existing house with the extension.   Marcus Peel A striking pair of arched metal doors combined with a frameless glass box floods the interior with natural daylight. The cantilevered box provides uninterrupted views into the 300 feet garden. Marcus Peel Studio Jayga Ar... More

Project • By Berd StudioPrivate Houses


Berd Studio presents Atelier, a creative and innovative project that sought to contrast the original architecture of the house with the new proposal. Joaquin Portela Joaquin Portela A space of inspiration and art, Atelier was born as a creative solution to a disused space in the house. Incorporating a modern style, an extension was created where the atelier and a music room are located. Using a dry wood construction system, with natural wood finishes and a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban (burnt wood), it was possible to generate a contrast between the original house and its extension. Joaquin Portela Joaquin Portela Together with the client, the decision was made to use materials and warm color palettes, as wel... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

McLean Mansion

From The Washington Post: "Developer Ahmad Khreshi of Northern Virginia-based Home Perfection Contracting isn’t afraid to take risks when building a house. He embraces the unexpected, challenging his architect, interior designer and builder to experiment with new techniques. This house in McLean, Va., is his most ambitious project to date.Instead of remodeling an existing house such as the one that was featured as a House of the Week in 2016, Khreshi built an entirely new one. Caption Khreshi worked with architect Peter VanderPoel and designer Karen Bengel to create a modern house that borrows from Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of incorporating the house in the landscape. The house has three distinct masses — garag... More

Project • By ANACAPAPrivate Houses


Located in the hills of Montecito, California, this small residence presented the designers with the challenge of achieving a bold program with a modest budget. Collaborating with the client, the designers developed a unique residential character and focused on orienting design around the property’s surrounding environment, framing views of the Santa Ynez mountains through expansive glass openings on the North facade. This remodel maintained the home’s existing footprint and structure, but Anacapa completely reimagined the interior floor plan, focusing on creating gathering spaces in the central kitchen and living areas. The material palette was redeveloped to highlight natural tones and textures of the surrounding natural envi... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Strawberry House

From SinglePoint Design Build: “This project consisted of a full exterior removal and replacement of the siding, windows, doors, and roof.  In so, the Architects OXB Studio, re-imagined the look of the home by changing the siding materials, creating privacy for the clients at their front entry, and making the expansive decks more usable.  We added some beautiful cedar ceiling cladding on the interior as well as a full home solar with Tesla batteries. The Shou-sugi-ban siding is our favorite detail. While the modern details were extremely important, waterproofing this home was of upmost importance given its proximity to the San Francisco Bay and the winds in this location.  We used top of the line waterproofing professi... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Aspen View House

Cyr+Co built this modern, inspirational home for a professional skier based in Aspen. Joel Hocknell was Project Manager and collaborated with the engaged owner, the end result being fantastic. Square edge Suyaki 1x8s were used in a closed screen wall assembly, both vertical and horizontal layouts. The fascia is a built-up and cladded parapet design.   Product: Suyaki 1×8 S3S select gradePrefinish: Exterior BlackApplication: Residential – ExteriorSF: 5823SFDesigner: n/aBuilder: Cyr+CoDate: Aug 2020 Location: Aspen, CO More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Sag Harbor House

This epicurean exercise is a single-family residence beautifully designed by KOS+A and meticulously built by Hagerman Builders of Sag Harbor. Black Gendai was used in combination with weathering tropical hardwood and intermittent glazing for high contrast. Photos by Read McKendree.   Product: Gendai 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: BlackApplication: Residential – ExteriorSF: 1265SFDesigner: KOS+A DesignBuilder: Hagerman BuildersDate: Dec 2019   More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Boathouse ADU

Designed by SHED Architecture and built by Whelbuilt Homes, this boathouse ADU complements a large home to complete a private family compound in the city. From SHED: “Framing existing conditions as opportunities, the team created a coherent lot on which an old home and new DADU speak to one another, and to the landscape, via a design solution informed by restraint, material relationship, and attention to detail.”   Product: Suyaki 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: BlackApplication: Residential – Interior & ExteriorSF: 4000SFDesigner: SHED ArchitectureBuilder: Whelbilt HomesDate: Oct 2018Location: Seattle, WA More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryApartments

Dekum Apartments

This 40-unit residential apartment complex features our yakisugi (shou sugi ban) Gendai siding with a dark gray oil stain finish in combination with cement panels.  The owner is a consortium of investors that brought together a dream team of designers, consultants, and contractors to construct an urban infill project that both beautifies the neighborhood and will be low-maintenance over the long term.   Product: Gendai 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: Dark GrayApplication: Residential – ExteriorSF: 8000SFProject Architect: : Architecture Building CultureInterior Designer: Mimi ShinDevelopment Consultant: Henry Point DevelopmentBuilder: Robertson &... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Sleepy Hollow House

This project was an extensive top to bottom remodel of a 1953 midcentury modern home in a suburb of Washington D.C.  Originally designed by Clyde J. Verkerke as his own home, Michael Cook updated and embellished based on the original elevations and layout. Extensive glazing in the daylight basement and main level was expanded, and Cook Architects added a large outdoor space to take advantage of the fantastic urban greenbelt lot.   Product: Gendai 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: Dark GrayApplication: Residential – ExteriorSF: 1,000Designer: Cook ArchitectureBuilder: Modern ConstructsDate: March 2018 Location: Falls Church, VA More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

East Cascades House

This project is a vacation home for a family to enjoy the beauty of Swauk Prairie in Hidden Valley near Cle Elum, Kittitas County, Washington. It was a highly collaborative project between the owners, Syndicate Smith (Steve Booher lead), Mandy Callaway, and Merle Inc. The Pika-Pika exterior scope was pre-treated with a fire retardant for good measure due to being located in a high-fire zone on the east side of the Cascade mountain range, about 90 minutes east of Seattle.   Product: Gendai & Pika-Pika 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: Black, AmberApplication: Residential – Exterior & interiorSF: 3300SFDesigner: Syndic... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

New England Forest House

This project was a successful challenge combining passive design, high-end natural materials, and a limited budget.  The owners had an explicit vision and worked with Chris Vlcek at Little Wolf Architecture to bring it to reality.  They were lucky enough to have found Lukas Schwartz and bring him on to build it for them. This house is modest yet divine.  It is truly Blessed by the Woods.   Product: Suyaki 1×6 select grade shiplapPrefinish: BlackApplication: Residential – ExteriorSF: 3500SFDesigner: Christopher Vlcek / Littlewolf ArchitectureBuilder: Lukas SchwartzDate: May 2019Location: Mt. Washington, MA     More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryHousing

Gorge House

This project was thoughtfully executed for a growing family that wanted to be surrounded by beauty.  The site captures both Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood views, and it was meticulously designed and built by a team of conscientious architects and tradespeople. From Richard Brown AIA, Jennifer Wright AIA, and Jason Didion: “The Columbia River Gorge offers a dramatic backdrop to this hill-side retreat for a young family. Careful positioning of the plan and windows provide views to Mount Adams and Mount Hood. The home is a linear composition of a two-level volume linked to a single-level guest suite and garage. Each volume was studied and articulated to successfully balance views and privacy. The first-floor living level spills out... More

Project • By Nakamoto ForestryUniversities

Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building

The Marine Studies Building is heavily engineered to be a vertical evaluation structure with supplies on the rooftop to support over 920 people for up to two days post a Cascadia level event. The addition of this building thus improves the safety of those that work and play at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and in the surrounding South Beach community. The MSB uses state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques to make it one of the first “vertical evacuation” tsunami sites in the United States. The building will also dramatically increase the Hatfield campus’ marine science education and research capacity. The building is designed to withstand a 9+ earthquake and to survive an XXL tsunami event. The build... More