The Bazeley Partnership selected Kebony to clad the exterior of six luxury holiday cottages on the North Coast of Cornwall.
The architects designed the cottages to sit comfortably against the stunning backdrop of the wild and verdant setting behind it, whilst complementing the man-made surroundings of the beach on the other. Designed to look organic in form, the cottages create a continuation of the shapes and patterns in the natural landscape and are positioned in a sunken oval courtyard. The beautifully landscaped roofing elegantly extends the heathland into the site, helping to create a uniformed design which bridges the gap between nature and structure.
Kebony was chosen due to its enhanced durability, sustainable qualities and unique aesthetic. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. The revolutionary process not only provides a wealth of enhanced physical properties, but also contributes to the timber’s unique aesthetic which sees a natural silver-grey patina develop over a time.
Mark Roberts, on behalf of The Bazeley Partnership, said: “The plan was to re-establish the sense of a rural, wild heathland landscape, enhancing the habitat and biodiversity within the site, replacing the existing building with a standard of architecture that is more sensitive and positive in its contribution to the surrounding context. The high quality, modern accommodation enhances the location, attracting further investment and revenue to the area.”
Adrian Pye, international sales director at Kebony added: “This scheme stands on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and natural materials have accordingly been selected to ensure that the buildings blend beautifully into the surrounding coastal area. Kebony wood enables projects such as these to benefit from the appearance and strength of wood without compromising on environmental credentials, which were front and centre of this renovation project.”