These images show how an ancient Japanese preservation technique is being used in modern day construction in the UK.
Shou Sugi Ban – Japanese for ‘burnt cedar board’ - is being used in a project to create two ‘rotating observatories’ at the Winchester Science Centre in the South Downs National Park, Hampshire.
The method involves applying flame to the surface of the timber, to burn off the softer cellulose and leave only the much more durable lignin fibres exposed. Resistance to rot, fire and insect damage is said to be significantly enhanced.
The project has been conceived and managed by creative facilitator Space, Placemaking and Urban Design (SPUD). Working on it with north Devon based artist Edward Crumpton are four graduate architects from Feilden Cregg Bradley Studios.