Yakisugi (焼杉) is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation. Yaki means to heat with fire, and sugi is cypress. It is also referred to in the West as burnt timber cladding and also known as Shou Sugi Ban (焼杉板) which uses the same kanji characters but a different pronunciation. The ban character means "plank".
By slightly charring the surface of the wood without combusting the whole piece, the wood becomes water-proof through the carbonisation and is thus more durable. It also protects against insects, as well as making it fire retardant.
Contemporary architect Terunobu Fujimori works with yakisugi
- The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood AMANDA FORTINI, New York Times, September 19, 2017
- Yakisugi House by Terunobu Fujimori Megan Wilton, Dezeen, 11 March 2009, Photograph: Edmund Sumner
- Interiors: A Japanese charred-timber house inspired by a cave dwelling Yuki Sumner, The Telegraph, 28 August 2009
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