The design of Black Ridge house is based around the biophilic attributes of organic materials. Charred cladding, natural oak work surfaces, cupboard doors and reclaimed timber doors are the main drivers in the material selection.
The exterior had to contrast, Neil Dusheiko’s insistence of symbiotic materials for the wall cladding lent itself to Shou Sugi Ban at the epicentre of his biophilic design; from the heart of Wabi Sabi. The sheer black façade was made from Charred Kebony by Shou Sugi Ban and was a perfect match with the exposed black painted steel structure.
The Black Ridge house by Neil Dusheiko is an extension to an existing 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house forming part of the Warner Estate in Walthamstow. The project creates a light filled spacious extension with an open plan kitchen, dining, living area at ground floor.
The rich patina of the Charred Kebony cladding called Minami no – 南の was balanced with an equally black finish of the Kebony cladding Enhanced Grain called Hijō ni mirikiteki na – 非常に魅力的な which are forming a delightful combination.
Kebony wood shows a high level of durability instilled by Kebony’s environmentally friendly patented technology which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods. By polymerising the wood’s cell walls, the wood gains greatly improved durability and dimensional stability, giving it characteristics similar to those of the hardest tropical hardwood. Kebony Clear timber is a great choice for this fire applied process as it develops a deep black colour and interesting structure.
Wabi Sabi is seen as being “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete”. Wabi Sabi appreciates the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. This clever design exploits the flexibility of timber and that the ability to use different dimensions. The sizes were carefully chosen to minimize waste and still deliver the timber in a language that separates the different elevations of the building.
Karl Harrison “as always it’s a delight working with Neil, the variation of dimensions and finishes really made this project stand out for me”
Project Black Ridge House
Architect Neil Dusheiko Architects
Materials Minami No 南の
Hijō ni mirikiteki na – 非常に魅力的な by Kebony
Awards Shortlisted – NLA Awards Don’t Move Improve 2018
Photography: ©Tim Crocker / www.timcrocker.co.uk