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Japanese Surrealist Architect Fujimori Revels In Fairytale Visions


A one-legged Shou sugi ban teahouse suspended amid cherry trees in the Japanese mountains showcases the vivid imagination and designs of architect Terunobu Fujimori. Conceiving his first creation at the age of 42, Fujimori is considered one of the world’s

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Shou-Sugi-Ban Wood Siding


From Remodelista, a photo-overview of how to create Shou Sugi Ban siding. One family’s account of building a house in Southern California with Mexico City–born, San Diego–based architect Sebastian Mariscal.

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Buildings Made Of Previously Charred Lumber Reduce House Fire Risk


From PSFK, an article espousing the benefits of using Shou Sugi Ban in contemporary homes – including reduced fire risk. The manufacturing process is detailed, accurate and dangerous, creating anything from a highly burnt fragile look to a sleek and

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A Teahouse, Charred and Blackened (On Purpose)


From Gardenista, explore a zen garden tea house in the Czech Republic inspired by shou sugi ban. Built for a family that wanted a peaceful, contemplative spot on the southern edge of a garden, the teahouse is a variation of

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Remodeling 101: Shou Sugi Ban Wood as Siding and Flooring

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From Remodelista, an article about how shou sugi ban is catching fire in the world of hip designers and architects. Repeat after us: Shou sugi ban. Devised as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire and to keep

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