Terunobu Fujimori's Charred Cedar House, completed in 2007, is clad in charred cedar boards, which have been treated with an ancient Japanese technique that seals the wood against rain and rot. Read our profile on the Japanese architect. Photo by Adam Friedberg.
At the client’s request the kitchen contains neither upper cabinets (Shino can’t reach them) nor an oven (they only used the old one once—to reheat a pizza). A modular Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa adds a decorative flourish to the living area while maintaining as low a profile as the traditional Japanese furniture. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.
Michael James Moran and Celia Gibson demonstrate shou-sugi-ban, a Japanese wood burning technique. Photo by Nathaniel Wood
Charred siding can also be stained, shown here in a dark cherry.