Ancient Cladding Technique Used On Modern Dutch Bar
Bureau SLA + Overtreders W
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
As part of a program to improve community connectivity in Northern Amsterdam, Dutch design firms Bureau SLA and Overtreders W designed a local café using only repurposed materials. The ‘Noorderparkbar’ consists of materials varying in origin from temporary hospital units to wood from a bankrupted factory. All the building elements were purchased via the Dutch e-Bay site, marktplaats. Gathered all over Holland, the second-hand materials included timber, ceramic tiles used in the bathroom, toilets, paint, and window frames.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the project is the ancient Japanese technique used on the exterior timber. Traditionally used in Japanese architecture for external siding, the process known as ‘shou sugi ban’ involves charring the wood to protect it from natural elements, fire, and rot. Despite the use of recycled materials and ancient cladding techniques, the Noorderparkbar has the look of modern construct.
photos © Jeroen Musch via bureau SLA
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