AquaVilla has unveiled the completion of its largest floating home to date in Marinstaden, Sweden, and modified wood Kebony was selected for every piece of timber used throughout the build including the exterior walls, pontoon deck and roof terrace.
The brainchild of Richard Bergstrom, AquaVilla is now Sweden’s leading developer of buildings on water following 25 years of research and development. It encompasses an innovative infrastructure solution in which Aqua Pier and Aqua Docking Buffer guarantee that all villas remain permanently anchored and completely unaffected by the movement of the sea.
The unique property named ‘Sjövilla 210’ is constructed on a 12 x 18-metre concrete support on the seabed, the and Kebony’s resistance to wear and weathering was a key consideration when choosing the material for the build.
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. It is also ideal for decking as it is smooth and the wood doesn’t get too hot to stand on.
“The construction of our largest villa is a true achievement for all involved,” said Jonas Wikström of AquaVilla. “Building a home that floats on water was never going to be easy. However, the selection
of high quality materials such as Kebony ensured its smooth and timely completion. We are delighted with the final outcome and are very much looking forward to working with Kebony again in the future.”
Per Thyberg, country manager at Kebony Sweden addd: “The completion of Sjövilla 210 is a momentous occasion for AquaVilla who should be incredibly proud of the ingenuity and innovative design that was incorporated throughout this project. Kebony is delighted to have contributed to their largest floating home and we can’t wait to see how the wood develops over time.”