The Art of Shou-Sugi-Ban

High-end design and Far East tradition intersect with the dark, dramatic Japanese siding produced by a process called shou-sugi-ban. Translated as “the burning of Japanese cypress (sugi),” shou-sugi-ban is gaining popularity outside of Japan, as the process renders wood nearly maintenance free and makes it resistant to fire, rot and pests. Siding created by this method also has an expected life span of more than 80 years, thanks to a protective layer created by carbon released during burning.

Click through the slideshow of images below to find out more about this process which is quickly becoming a favourite amongst cutting edge designers in Vancouver, Whistler and beyond.


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