More than a lonely bus shelter… A catering facility for the many bus drivers and inspectors has been brought into the 21st century with a statement black building in Lewisham.

The black cladding is made in the UK by Shou Sugi Ban®. It’s is predominantly charred cladding and is used to close the exterior envelope of a building.

It is a relatively small structure, much bigger than a bus shelter and by comparing to other work place rest areas is quite impressive. The building is surrounded by the standard bus facility parking area, nothing too exciting which give the building every opportunity to stand out. This building is different its black, crisp and inspiring.

140 square metres of charred Larch and Cedar were handmade in the UK and delivered to site on time – whilst meeting the high-quality demands of Canary Wharf contractors.

Simple steel platform feet support the 125mm posts with a finish to match the cladding. Plenty of knots in this material offer a more natural and biophilic appreciation to the surface.

Karl Harrison said, “A simple tongue, groove with v-joint is, sometimes, all you need. There not always the need to over complicate a cladding surface.”

Shou Sugi Ban® is a range of specialty finished materials, not always charred. They may be distressed, stained, smoked, painted… there are many finish available.

There are regular CPD presentations hosted at Sky House Design Centre which are rather handy prior to presenting your concepts to the client.


Credits and Further information

  • Materials – Charred Larch and Charred Cedar by ShouSugiBan®
  • Installed by – Decorum.London
  • Location – Lewisham, Bus Facility, London
  • Architect – TFL
  • Main contractor – Quinn London Ltd
  • Cladding completed – 2016

How we can help you?

We adapt to the needs of every client, fluent in a combination of traditional techniques ensuring the hard landscaping works in harmony with the soft planting, garden art and style in your garden.

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