Project by Conibere Phillips Architects

ShouSugiBan Larch Charred Light Brush, Koshikijima.

May 2017


The design featured a window seat providing a focal point when looking out onto a beautiful Japanese acer tree in the garden; like live picture frame. The charred timber cladding will merge the extension with the existing palette and emotion of the garden.

The garden is mature and has a central Magnolia soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ which shelters the decking. Surrounded by various Japanese maple trees and the fiery red crocosmia lucifer… A beautiful garden.

The cladding structure, a treated C16 pine fixed with stainless fixings hides the guttering and down pipe, an exterior garden tap and a cat flap tunnel arrangement. The Larch cladding was surface fixed with stainless fixings. The soffit boards and window reveals were also trimmed with Charred timber, manufactured as a special order whilst the project was onsite. This allowed for exact dimensions to be taken. The timber was delivered the next day to allow the project to complete on schedule.

Karl Harrison said “I love the contrast between the black shear of the façade against the Thuja Plicata Western Red Cedar trellis. I can’t wait to see this once it has turned grey. This will complete the colour palette of black and greys. A beautiful design.”

Charred timber cladding can be used in many ways

Cladding for an exterior application is the most common but it can be used internally. A feature wall can allow the Architect to combine a series of materials and designs to compliment the absolute black of the charred wood with metals and other textures.


Shou Sugi Ban® is manufactured in the UK by Exterior Solutions Ltd and has been since 2008. They carry the largest range of finishes, timber species and will manufacture in almost any dimension. They have supplied projects in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Europe.