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Press release   •   Jun 03, 2019 20:00 EDT

House on an Island

Skåtøy, Norway – June 3, 2019 – Construction of a striking modern vacation home built by two artists was recently completed among the rough terrain and rocky landscapes on the island of Skåtøy.

Aptly named House on an Island, this unique build combines an intricate timber façade with concrete split-level interiors. Where concrete flooring blurs the divide between the home’s interior and its rocky surroundings, the use of rich Kebony modified wood cladding unites the house with adjacent trees that populate the Scandinavian island. In the coming years, the dark brown tones of Kebony will begin to develop a silver patina to match the rustic charm of Skåtøy. Kebony’s ability to withstand all weather conditions made it the ideal material for the exterior cladding of the island project.

“We were blessed with this project brief which enabled us to create a property that we are immensely proud of,” Atelier Oslo architect Thomas Liu said. “Kebony is the perfect choice for this project because it is suitable for the window frames as well as the sunscreen structure. We are incredibly pleased with the final result which we hope will continue to provide a serene setting for our artists.”

The design brief for the property’s interior was to create a suitable space for the artists’ contemplation away from any distractions. Architects Atelier Oslocreated a ruin-like structure within the home that comprises an open-plan living space, kitchen, fireplace and a micro-mezzanine level. The grid-like Kebony wood frame works in conjunction with the long-glazed walls to scatter sunshine into the house and provide a natural, calm environment for the owners to enjoy in all seasons.

Kebony is a Norwegian company which aims to be the leading wood brand and technology organization. Underpinned by proven timber modification technologies, it produces an enhanced wood of a superior quality that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

The company's headquarters is based in Oslo, with its production facility in Skien, South of Oslo. Currently employing about 60 people, Kebony has subsidiaries in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, sales representatives in Germany, France, UK and the US and a wide distribution network internationally. Shareholders are leading the venture with private equity investors from Germany, France, UK and Norway. The company has received numerous awards for its environmentally friendly technology and innovation, including its naming as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

The Kebony® technology permanently transforms sustainable wood species such as pine into Kebony wood with features that are comparable, and in some cases superior, to those of precious tropical hardwoods. This unique environmentally friendly process is also a superior alternative to traditional wood treatment based on impregnation with biocides (wood preservatives). The company’s patent-protected production processes yield products that deliver major improvements in durability and dimensional stability, at the same time as being highly attractive. The Kebony products are suitable for a multitude of applications and designs – encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.

Kebony’s mission is, through active innovation, quality thinking and understanding of commercial possibilities; give the world beautiful, long lasting and environmentally friendly wood products. The company will show social responsibility and contribute to improvements of the environment in a way that builds a better future.

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