Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

Photo by Tim Crocker via Inhabitat

To embrace indoor and outdoor living, a new Victorian-era house in London has been outfitted with a new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding.

Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects, Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original home’s Victorian brickwork, reports Inhabitat. The new-build was constructed with several energy-saving features — such as a green roof and underfloor heating — and sustainably sourced timbers to connect the home to nature.

Black Ridge House features gabled volumes clad in Kebony, a sustainable and durable alternative to tropical hardwood. The engineered wood was charred using the Shou Sugi Ban technique to create a beautifully blackened finish that’s also weatherproof.

The extension forms a contrast to the Victorian brickwork so that the two elements of the house are distinct and a separate visual language is used, the architects said. By constructing the extension out of a natural product – timber, in this case – whose surface is formed by the natural process of fire, the group was able to celebrate nature, they added. 

The design also includes ideas of wabi-sabi — a world view that is based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. 

The extension includes an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living area on the ground floor, while a new master bedroom and skylit bathroom are on the upper floor. The building opens up to the garden through large double-glazed metal windows. 

Airtight detailing, underfloor heating, ample access to natural light and an insulating green roof keep energy demands to a minimum. From the sliding door made with reclaimed timber panels to the oak worktop and cupboard doors, the light-filled interior uses natural materials.


Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Roofing, Thermal Envelope

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