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strawbale & sho sugi ban house

Dezeen features Evolve’s strawbale & shou sugi ban house

International design blog Dezeen shows off merger of modern and natural design

If you missed it before, enjoy this look at K-House – a sharply modern home that all at once pays tribute to the 2+1 vernacular styling (two storey with attached lower profile single storey component) of neighbourhing homes, while combining natural materials such as straw bales and ancient techniques, like shou sugi ban – the Japanese art of charring wood to form an attractive, weather resistant finish.

And as if those features weren’t enough, a look inside reveals wood floors replete with a natural oil finish while careful investigation reveals tight fibreglass framed windows. A peek through the glass leads to another visual surprise – the green roof that by next year will be in bloom and visible from the street.

Photovoltaics, rough ins for solar hot water and numerous other features were also integrated into this highly efficient abode.

Though features aside, the greatest pleasure one takes from a visit to this thoughtfully designed abode (with our support, masterfully handled by Nicolas Koff of K-OALA Design), is how it makes one feel. Serene is the word we use. Take a look for yourself and see if you agree.

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/12/10/k-house-nicolas-koff-hamilton-ontario-charred-timber-straw-bales-insulation-monochrome/

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