The beauty of Lunawood Thermowood lies in its impressive and natural appearance. It looks stunning in its original brown shade and just as attractive when it has naturally weathered outdoors. The color of the untreated Lunawood Thermowood will start to fade over time and gradually turn silver-grey. This is often the desired end-result, and it is no wonder, as the silver-gray tone just adds elegance.
These TOP 5 naturally weathered projects have taken elegance to the next level: unique and beautiful architecture that blends into the surroundings, combined with exceptional use of materials and detailed, accurate workmanship. In these projects, the choice of wood material has played a big role in the pursuit of a beautifully grayed exterior cladding.
The Wind Hill – Six detached houses on the Jeju Island in South Korea
Wind Hill is a small village of six private houses on Jeju Island, South Korea. The site offers an exceptional range of views: the ocean in the south, a rocky cliff in the west, an old village in the east and a volcanic hill in the north. The beautiful silver-gray weathered Lunawood, and the stone walls between the plots make a great combination in the lush, volcanic environment. Each house is independent, but shares a swimming pool, outdoor spa, fitness area and gas tanks. After developing the prototype, each house was designed individually so that no two houses are alike. The houses are characterized by naturally greyed Lunawood cladding, which also covers the roof surfaces. Depending on the weather and time of day, the village always looks a little different.
Architect: Doojin Hwang architects
Casa A – contemporary villa in Portugal
Casa A is an extraordinary villa located in the urban area of Guimarães in Portugal. The project was developed according to the immediate needs of the context: privacy and the natural topography of the site. The contemporary two-story architecture of Casa A is a monolith clad in diagonal wooden slats that allude to a nest, the house’s living area. The concrete and the wood create a gray tone in a constantly chromatic mutation.
Most of the house is covered with slanted slats of Lunawood Thermowood, nestling the living area in durable and sustainable exterior cladding. The gray color of the naturally aged Thermowood will merge with the foundation over time.
Casa A was awarded Building of the Year 2020, in the category ‘Best Applied Products’, in ArchDaily .
Architect: REM’A arquitectos
Photo: Ivo Tavares Studio
Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer
Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer is the traditional place name of a large plot located next to Migjorn beach on the southern coast of Formentera island. The project focuses on the power of opposites: light and heavy, ground and air, handmade and technical, compression force and traction resistance.
The high quality and combination of the materials used have played an important role in the design and implementation process of the project.
Architect: Marià Castelló Martínez
Photo: Marià Castelló Martínez
Nursery Savannen was designed with high architectural aims. For the façades, the architects wanted a material that would yield a lovely patina with minimal maintenance requirements. They wanted the façades to be warm, friendly and ‘touchable’ for the children. Furthermore, they strove to give each ‘house’ its own identity and scale. All this was achieved by means of differentiated wood paneling with Lunawood Thermowood.
Architect: Nordic – Office of Architecture
Photo: Kristine Mengel
Munkevilla is a Scandinavian modern house located in Herøy, Norway – right on the North Atlantic coast. The facades´ weathered Lunawood Thermowood has settled into a very light gray shade, that beautifully brings out the natural pattern of the butterfly-shaped knots of Nordic pine. This gives a totally unique outlook for the building. The angular shapes and the nearly white shimmering surface create contemporary contrast with the surrounding scenery, that keeps varying through changing seasons.
Architect: Janine Müller
Photo: Janine Müller