Once the molds have been carefully removed, we check for voids and begin the polishing operation. The subtle yet satisfying detailing and use of materials throughout the project is the result of designing for a truly collaborative and explorative construction process. A collection of talented craftsmen contributed to the one-of-a-kind features of the space, from recreating the Japanese art of Shou-sugi-ban for a decorative burnt wood siding treatment to piecing together over 38 reclaimed steel joist hangers for a custom light fixture. See more photos on the Boor Bridges site.
Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Sugi, or Japanese Cyprus, was used. Nowadays, designers and architects have used other species of wood like Douglas Fir, Cyprus, and Oak. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. Although time consuming, the final product is not only gorgeous, with its rich, silvery finish; the charred wood also resists rot, insects, and fire and can last up to 80 years.