House Sassen, Modern Barn
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Surface Area (m²/Sq Ft)
Rubio WoodCream was chosen for the exterior cladding of this stunning residence in Hout Bay, Cape Town, because the finish mimics the look of Shou Sugi Ban (ancient Japanese technique of burning timber). This home was designed by Salt Architects and built by Musa Renovations and Projects. The home owners wanted the cladding to look modern without coming across as too "slick" or having too much sheen in the finish. Rubio WoodCream created a natural look and feel, showing the variance of the natural grain and weathered look. Besides the aesthetics, they chose this product because of the ease of application and maintenance. As the name suggests, it takes one coat per board and is incredibly easy to touch up.
"No sanding, priming or prepping. Touch ups require a wipe down and reapplication. It sounds too good to be true but that is the beauty of Rubio Monocoat." - Lunawood
Oy Lunawood Ltd is an innovative pioneer in the thermal modification of wood and has grown to be a global Thermowood market leader. The company’s status is based on high-quality products, reliable customer service and professional employees. Innovation and sustainability plays an important role in Lunawood’s strategy. Lunawood raw material is sourced from well managed and certified Scandinavian forests and transformed into natural Thermowood products. Their value proposition is to offer people the connection between urban environment and nature. Their applications cover decking, cladding, facade, pergolas/ frames, screens, interior and 3D texture walls. Lunawood Thermowood is an optimal material inside out due to it’s naturality (no-toxic) dimensional stability, light weight as well as beautiful brown colour tone. Lunawood do not require additional treatment to withstand time, but can be surface treated with any wax, oil or varnish suitable for wood. Visit www.lunawood.com for more.
"We wanted our house to sit well with the surrounding architecture and landscape. The architect designed the house to look like a very modern barn that sort of floats in the landscape. We knew we wanted the house to blend in with the scenic surrounds and decided on a black finish. It was important to us to use natural materials so the cladding needed to be solid timber. But everyone knows timber cladding can be a nightmare to maintain so we searched for something that could withstand the elements, opting for thermally treated timber seemed like the only option. We had originally wanted to go for the Shou Sugi Ban technique but this is incredibly labour intensive and is a true artform that not many local contractors can promise. We are so happy with the finished product. It ticked all the boxes and looks beautiful" - Home owners
Project location: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Area covered: 250m²
Wood specie: Scandinavian Pine
Product: Rubio WoodCream
Colour: AGED #7
Rubio WoodCream is a water-based cream, which makes wood water repellent after treatment. This results in a long-lasting pearl effect. Due to the cream structure, it is easy to apply, especially on vertical wood.
• Water repellent character for long-lasting protection
• Self-cleaning function
• 100% Ecological
• 0% VOC
• Excellent for soft wood types
Images copyright: JD Van Der Walt