Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Villa Melkeveien in Oslo, Norway by LOGG Arkitekter
March 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: LOGG Arkitekter
Kebony announced its latest residential project, Villa Melkeveien, in Oslo, Norway. Situated on a sunny hillside in Holmenkollen overlooking Oslo, the floor to ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the city, stretching out towards the Oslo Fjord. A strikingly modern building designed by LOGG Arkitekter, the villa is wrapped in horizontal Kebony cladding and glass and is truly breath-taking in appearance, contrasting and yet complementing to the other villas in the neighborhood.
The four bedroom house,consisting of two main blocks in a T-shape formation, occupies 300m², with an additional 50m² garage. The large lounge and kitchen have direct access to the terrace and the spectacular views. The house also has a spa room and a separate guest area with its own kitchen and bathroom. Completed in 2014, after a two year build process, the house has been built on a previously unoccupied site. The modern family house was commissioned by an owner-occupier private client who appointed LOGG Arkitekter. Inspiration for the design was drawn from the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Vettakollen hill.
Along with extensive use of stone, slate and glass on the exterior of the building, Kebony wood is used in the building’s cladding. Kebony was chosen for the build due both to its beauty and to its hard wearing qualities, sustainability considerations were also of importance to the owners and architects. Kebony is a Norwegian material, manufactured in nearby Oslo using sustainably sourced soft wood species such as clear and character grade pines. The wood is impregnated with a non-chemical bio-based product, heated and put under pressure, the resulting product is highly durable and maintenance free. As such Kebony diverts demand away from our tropical forests.
Diederik Advocaat Clausen, Partner and LOGG Arkitekter commented: “With Villa Melkeveien we have designed a house that is both at the epitome of luxury yet also environmentally friendly. Working with Kebony allowed us anod towards the villa’s Scandinavian setting, offset with extensive glass to create a contemporary feel.”
Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this latest project, the house is of exceptional quality design and is a truly eye catching addition to the Vettakoillen hill side. When Kebony wood was specified by LOGG Arkitekter and we got involved in the project we knew from the designs that the house would be beautiful but the end result has surpassed expectations, we look forward to working with them again in the future”
The Kebony technology is a patented process which enhances the properties of non-durable wood species to give them similar characteristics to the best performing woods. Through a sustainable process wood species such as pines and some non-durable hardwoods are impregnated with a bio-based liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. With the addition of heat the furry polymer is permanently grafted into the wood cell wall resulting in greatly improved durability and dimensional stability.
Kebony is suitable for both internal and external applications that demand high performance and great aesthetics including: decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture. Over time Kebony acquires its characteristic silver-gray patina whilst not losing its performance characteristics. With improved durability and dimensional stability Kebony is becoming increasingly the choice of leading architects and developers enabling them to use wood in projects without causing environmental degradation. Kebony has been used internationally in projects from commercial, public, residential and marine, for example Hunter’s Point in New York, the Mary Rose museum and both residential and commercial buildings on the UK’s seafront. A recent study by Norwegian environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents.
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