Our Shou Sugi Ban® charred timber cladding has been specified by many architects for unique development projects. These include private new builds, property retrofits and heritage renovations, all of which demand a quality finish.

Many of the properties are recognised for their architectural excellence. Some have been shortlisted for RIBA Awards and Exterior Solutions Ltd is delighted to have played a small part in their success.

What is a RIBA Award?

Every year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) invites submissions to their awards. All entries undergo vigorous judging, including site visits. The judges are on the hunt for developments that excite and engage, show architectural vision and innovation and fulfil the client brief.

All entries are considered for their design merit. This depends on more than great aesthetics. The buildings must demonstrate environmentally and economically sustainable solutions, flexibility for future use and social value. Planning and budget constraints are taken into account, as are building materials and methods.

A shortlist of entries is selected, all of which are deemed to offer a positive contribution to national architecture. Winners are announced in each region of the country, with overall winners.

To be a recipient of a RIBA Award is to have your building recognised for outstanding merit. It is a career-defining accolade for any architect.


Charred Clad RIBA Award Winners

To showcase the work of some of the architects we supply, here are four examples of award-winning properties featuring our charred timber cladding.

House 19, Buckinghamshire- RIBA South 2016 Winner

Architect: Jestico & Whiles

This private residence is a carbon-neutral and energy-efficient home. Its design includes a ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting. It shows there is no need to compromise on aesthetics and quality when you prioritise environmental credentials. The dark exterior of the property combines charred cedar cladding with local flint and a stained oak Urban Front door. In contrast, the interior is light and painted white.

In addition to the RIBA Award, this Buckinghamshire property has been a finalist in several Sustainability Awards. In 2020, Jestico and Whiles was also recognised as the Best Architectural Employer.

Samarkand, Buckinghamshire – Shortlisted for the RIBA Regional Award 2021

Architect: Napier Clark Architects

Originally a standard 1970’s detached building, the architects transformed the property into a highly-desirable contemporary home. They achieved this without extending the original footprint of the building, but by transforming the garage and reconfiguring the internal layout.

Located in The Chiltern Hills, the exterior includes a glazed entrance. This links charred timber cladding with reclaimed London brick for a striking effect. The building is on the RIBA 2021 shortlist, along with the British House Awards 2020 shortlist and AJ Retrofit Awards 2021 shortlist.

Black Barn, Suffolk – RIBA East 2019 Winner

Architect: Bark Studio

Black Barn was a new build; unusual because it was granted planning permission on a greenfield site. The design drew inspiration from traditional agricultural buildings that are seen across East Anglia. It’s long, tapering form, covered in charred western red cedar cladding enables it to blend into the surrounding countryside, whilst views of the landscape provide the focal point of interior design.

This is exceptional, yet subtle architecture; noted for its contextual design and environmentally sustainable approach. Originally off-grid, the property features solar power and natural ventilation maintain a comfortable interior temperature. It is a stunning family home.

Coal Drops Yard, London – RIBA London 2019 and RIBA National 2019 Winner

Architect: Hetherwick Studio

Coal Drops Yard was originally two 19th Century buildings, with defined arches and a yard. Used for coal storage to fuel trains leaving the neighbouring station, the site is located in Kings Cross. This area of London has undergone considerable renovation in the last decade with many new visions for disused sites.

The development of this site demanded sensitive design, especially as it included a Grade II listed building. It was important to retain the industrial heritage of the site, whilst creating a contemporary space to invigorate the area.

The original building materials were considered in the design. As an example, slate roof tiles sourced from the same Welsh quarry as the originals were incorporated. Charred timbers were used to create bespoke arched doorways and shop fronts. The timeless quality of charred timber blends perfectly into this heritage refurbishment. The doors suit contemporary tastes, yet could easily have been an original feature.

Charred Timber Suppliers

If you like the look of these buildings and desire charred timber cladding for your development, contact Exterior Solutions Ltd on 01494 711800. You can download the Shou Sugi Ban® brochure and discover other charred timber projects on our website. We are happy to discuss requirements, send charred timber samples and quotes.