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Modern, sophisticated exterior for Greenwich project


MAKE Architects has specified Equitone [natura] fibre cement facade to help create a striking aesthetic on part of a mixed use development in Greenwich, London. Greenwich Square is a £215m scheme


located on a three hectare brownfield regeneration site that features new homes, restaurants, shops and leisure facilities. Marley Eternit’s EQUITONE [natura] in colour Anthracite was selected for the cladding of Block 2 of the four- block development. This colour was deemed to best complement the development’s location on the former Greenwich District Hospital site. The dark Anthracite colour of the fibre


cement panels, which allow the textures of the fibre cement to show through, enabled Make Architects to create a statement contrast between the facade and the natural timber cladding and metal balconies. This approach of mixing facade


materials helps to unify the four blocks so they are seen as belonging to one family, while ensuring that each building has its own identity and appearance.


www.equitone.co.uk


A sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood


KEBONY wood has been used to restore a natural look and feel to The Babylon Beach Club on the Turkish coast. Designed by architect Selin Maner, the


beach club is a year-round restaurant and concert venue. Once a small restaurant covered in asphalt and concrete, the building has been clad in Kebony wood. The Monk restaurant presented an


interesting creative challenge for Maner; the size requirements of the indoor and outdoor space alters between the seasons. In spring and autumn, Babylon Kilyos is a venue for outdoor concerts and music festivals, hosting up to 20,000 concertgoers. In the winter months however, only the 100 guest capacity indoor restaurant is used. To solve this challenge the design team devised a glass greenhouse extension on a rolling track; this creates additional indoor seating space for the winter but allows the space to remain outdoors for the summer, providing a decked extension to the


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restaurant and beach bar. The use of wood was important to


achieve the natural look desired for the seafront space, yet durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions was also essential. Having worked extensively in Southeast Asia, the architect was very keen to ensure that the wood was sustainable and not from a tropical source. Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process, which enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. By ‘pickling’ the wood with this liquid under pressure, the wood is permanently modified giving Kebony premium hardwood characteristics. The cladding helps the resort to blend


into the surrounding area and to withstand the harsh conditions of the coast without compromising the environment.


http://kebony.com/en


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