BYTR architects: shou sugi ban
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jan 11, 2012
BYTR architects: shou sugi ban

‘shou sugi ban’ by BYTR architects, maarn, the netherlands
image © ossip van duivenbode

rotterdam-based BYTR architects have completed ‘shou sugi ban’, an extension to a dwelling in maarn, the netherlands.
the angled roof-profile of the single-storey structure creates a sculptured form which contrasts the minimal 1950’s brick home
that is attached. the highest point culminates with a skylight oriented to flood the kitchen with natural daylight. windows along
the perimeter are located to respond to the interior functions, placed at heights which respond to views from a seated
position at the dining room table or side views to the yard from the sink and countertops.

rear elevation as viewed from the yard
image © ossip van duivenbode

the exterior is clad with vertical planks of platonized wood which has been carbonised with fire. the dark black appearance
is a carbon layer which protects the lumber inside, creating a maintenance free facade. of high priority within the firm’s work,
sustainable materials and techniques were implemented within this residence, including insulation comprised of recycled paper scraps
which contains an insulation R-value which is twice as high as required regulations. after the concrete foundations for the cellar
were cast in place, the wooden structure was installed within one day. the materials for construction were prefabricated
and assembled on site.

view from the garden
image © ossip van duivenbode

side elevation
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view from the home’s main entrance
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roof angles meeting the existing masonry facade
image © ossip van duivenbode

(left) white window frames punctuates the facade’s penetrations
(right) facade detail
images © ossip van duivenbode

exterior at sunset
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skylight floods the kitchen with daylight
image © ossip van duivenbode

view of kitchen and dining area
image © ossip van duivenbode

dining area
image © ossip van duivenbode

connecting the addition to the existing masonry structure
image © ossip van duivenbode

framing of the exterior wall
image © ossip van duivenbode

applying the charred finish to the lumber
image © ossip van duivenbode

fire chars the wooden planks
image © ossip van duivenbode

blow torch to smooth the finish
image © ossip van duivenbode

completed facade finish
image © ossip van duivenbode

image © ossip van duivenbode

(left) floor plan / level 0
(right) roof plan


form diagram

conceptual study models
image © ossip van duivenbode

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