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The technique of Shou Sugi Ban

The Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previous unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is “Up-Island” Martha’s Vineyard.

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We created a set of CGI images to help the Schiller Family understand how their building would look like when it was completed. We wanted to accentuate the special Japanese technique Shou Sugi Ban, used on the facade where the cedar wood panels are charred to a witchy charcoal to ultimately protect the wood from termites, fungi and the effects of the sea. By juxtaposing the warm beating heart of the interiors with the austerity of the exterior - and the stormy mood of the natural environment - we created a warm and welcoming home. The landscape was treated with care to suit the mood, using multiscatter to create the meadow fields and placing all larger shrubs and trees by hand.

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