in+ex profiles striking exterior installations and products that blend cutting-edge design with practicality. This month celebrates Kebony's collaboration with architecture and design students.
The Oslo Boathouse is a traditional yet architecturally-striking landmark in the heart of Oslo Harbour made from Kebony - an award-winning alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic-treated wood.
As part of Kebony’s partnership with TreStykker, the Oslo Boathouse is the latest of three high-profile collaborative projects between the two parties. TreStykker is an independent workshop for students of three of Norway’s most prestigious architecture and design schools: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) and the Master Program of Architecture at NTNU in Trondheim. The workshop was created by and is solely driven by students.
This year, a group of five students were tasked with designing and delivering a unique and eye-catching landmark on Oslo’s beautiful and bustling waterfront. The purpose of this year’s workshop was to highlight students’ potential to create living architecture that stimulates use in otherwise empty public spaces. In addition, a parallel goal was to give students practical knowledge of the architectural process, from the creative concept, to realising and constructing the project.
The students took an innovative approach to reinventing this area of public space and also reinterpreting Norway’s historic traditions surrounding coastal boat houses. The Oslo Boathouse is not only a stunning example of sustainable architecture but also an engaging space that will be used as an intimate venue for concerts, theatrical performances and popular music series by national broadcaster, NRK.
Kebony’s Southern Yellow Pine is used for the cladding and decking of the boathouse. Kebony is sustainable, environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and aesthetically complimentary of its picturesque surrounds.
Commenting on project, Mattias Tellqvist, TreStykker 2012 Board Member, says: 'Construction of the boathouse has enabled the students involved to realise their creative vision with spectacular results. When deciding on materials for the build we were guided by the characteristic aesthetics on the iconic Boat House and of course the search for an innovative product such as Kebony. Over time Kebony develops a silver grey patina which gave the project the exact look and feel we were hoping for. The ‘Kebonisation’ process ensures the wood is durable, resistant and stable but still enables the material to age naturally. The long lifespan of Kebony wood ensures that maintenance costs are kept low, which is of course vital for the success of this non-profit project.'
Jan Terje Nielsen, Marketing Director at Kebony, adds: 'The students in the TreStykker organisation have shown impressive architectural skills and professionalism which is very promising for their future. Kebony are proud to be involved in this beautiful project with these up and coming architects.'
This longstanding partnership between TreStykker 2012 and Kebony reflects the increasing prevalence and popularity of sustainable alternatives in design, architecture and construction. Kebony has pioneered the call for a reduction in the use of tropical hardwood and toxic-treated wood and offers a high quality, sustainable and versatile alternative that has myriad uses including cladding, roofing, windows, furniture, flooring and decking and more.