What is ‘shou sugi ban’?

July 14, 2017 / 

Shou Sugi Ban is a thousands of years-old Japanese technique that treats wood, usually softwood, by charring the outside. The burning of the outside stops the wood from rotting – essential if it is to be used on the outside of a building.

CCD Design Director Oliver Westgarth has been experimenting with shou sugi ban in the development of Le Mont Saint Barn and in this video he shows how the technique affects three different timbers, one soft wood and two hard wood.

CCD Design Director Oliver Westgarth has been experimenting with shou sugi ban in the development of Le Mont Saint Barn and in this video he shows how the technique affects three different timbers, one soft wood and two hard wood.http://www.ccd-architects.com/blog/what-is-shou-sugi-ban/

Posted by CCD Architects on Friday, July 14, 2017

The charring effect creates a striking visual impression as well as protection for the wood itself, and aside from the initial ‘burn’, the process is very sustainable.

More and more projects are making use of this technique, which, ancient though it might be, is a great and affordable fit with many contemporary designs.