Glenstrae - Christchurch, New Zealand
Abodo Vulcan Cladding in Sioo:x helps this home merge with its environment, without succumbing to exposure to weather.
Set against a hillside of native bush and with Redcliffs beach below, it was important for this house to merge with the landscape and for external materials to be hardy and require less re-coating over time - making Abodo Vulcan Cladding finished in Sioo:x an excellent choice.
Recently recognised in the Canterbury/Westland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards, this home by Gareth Ritchie of Archco was commended by the judges for its ability to assimilate with the established neighborhood while also merging with the natural surroundings. Along with its low pitched, sloped roofline and large scale windows on the street-facing side, the pleasant driftwood-like palette of the Abodo cladding helps it tread the line between contemporary and more traditional architectural styles.
For a home contending with sea air, the cladding also provides a low maintenance barrier against weather exposure. The Sioo:x coating will continue to grey off over time and is maintenance friendly compared to other penetrating oils and stains, with re-coating recommended every 5-7 years along with an annual wash.
Vulcan timber is thermally modified (treated with heat and steam rather than chemicals), resulting in a high level of stability, which enables it to withstand extreme weather conditions and changes in heat and moisture levels without warping or buckling.
Providing further barrier against the weather, joinery is inset into the cladding to reduce thermal bridging. The home also boasts above-code insulation to help achieve a high level of energy efficiency. This concern for sustainability also informed the cladding choice, with Abodo Vulcan being a carbon negative product from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified forests.
The natural landscape governed the overall design of the house, with the sloped site articulating its footprint. Living areas upstairs are designed to be malleable with easy linkage to landscaped outdoor areas. A terraced space to the rear of the house provides private, elevated and sheltered al fresco dining against a bush backdrop, with an outdoor fireplace for year-round enjoyment.