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Kebony cladding chosen for cabin which provides safe haven for hikers

A cabin has been constructed to provide a safe shelter for those in need, halfway between Preikestolen’s official trekking start point and Pulpit Rock – one of Norway’s most visited tourist attractions offering views over the Lysefjord.

Kebony was selected for the exterior cladding by building company Scandihus, due to its hard-wearing qualities and environmentally friendly nature.

The Preikestolen cabin is the first of two emergency cabins funded by a state grant of 300,000 NOK (£28,000), with additional support received from the SR Foundation.

The Preikestolen cabin can accommodate up to 10 people and can only be accessed once a call has been made to emergency services, ensuring it is utilised only in case of emergencies.

The second cabin will be built at Neverdalskaret, on top of the steep Steinura, to provide a safe shelter for tourists who have been injured when hiking or to protect them from the extreme Nordic weather conditions.

Main contractor MyBox specialises in micro housing and was responsible for the delivery and project management of the Preikestolen cabin.

Meticulous planning was required for the construction of the cabin due to its remote location and with no road access all materials were transported by helicopter over the summer months to ensure the build was completed before the early dark nights and storms arrived in autumn.

The exposed location, 604 metres above the Lysefjord, prompted Scandihus to select Kebony for its strength, durability and 30-year warranty. Highly resistant to wear and weathering, Kebony requires no maintenance beyond normal cleaning and adopts a silver-grey patina over time enabling the cabin to blend seamlessly into the large stone that surrounds it.

Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology uses an environmentally friendly process, which permanently enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. By polymerising the wood’s cell walls, it gains greatly improved durability and dimensional stability, giving it characteristics similar to those of tropical hardwood.

Solar cells have been installed throughout the cabin to provide a sustainable power supply, in addition to a wood burning stove which can be fired up when the temperature drops.

“The cabin’s remote location made this one of the most challenging projects we have ever embarked upon,” said Jakub Laszczak, CEO and project leader at Scandihus. “Kebony’s ability to withstand extreme weather conditions made it possible for us to achieve the desired
outcome, creating an insulated and secure cabin that embraces the essence of its natural surroundings.”

Mette Valen, sales manager Norway at Kebony added: “Preikestolen cabin is a highly commendable project and the team at Kebony are thrilled that our material has been able to contribute to protecting visitors of this well-known tourist attraction. Despite the exposed location, Kebony’s resistance to wear and weathering, and impressive 30-year warranty,
will ensure minimal maintenance is required whilst the cabin remains safe and secure.”

Pictures: Sindre Ellingsen

 

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