3 Commercial Shou Sugi Ban Projects to Inspire Your Next Award-Winning Build

Whether your next shou sugi ban project is building a cabin-resort in the woods of Washington state or a bird sanctuary in Pennsylvania, siding is one of the most important elements in your design. From the cozy cabin charm to the sleek modern minimalist aesthetic, we’ve got you covered with three different charred wood surface types available and over 20 color options to choose from to bring your dream to life. We’ve hand-picked three of our favorite commercial shou sugi ban projects from our portfolio below to provide you with inspiration for your next award-winning build.

Check them out here or keep reading for the skinny on each.

1. Tumble Creek Clubhouse Shou Sugi Ban Project – Cle Elum, WA

Tumble Creek is a resort community in Cle Elum, WA, with golfing, biking, hiking, skiing and other activities in an incredible location. “The Great House” clubhouse offers a respite for members to relax and recharge.

Designed with an expansive layout by Hart Howerton Architecture, Tumble Creek Great House offers views of the surrounding Cascade Mountains and the towns nearby. 

Bayley Construction skillfully wrapped the main lodge in 11,000 SF of our Pika-Pika in Brown, pictured above.

The product selection was personally made by Tumble Creek’s owner and gives the house a traditional cabin feel plus contemporary twist to bring the aesthetic into the modern age.

Our new Great House is designed to be a collection of curated experiences for the whole family that fill every hour with possibility — a thousand thoughtful details that seem to have been chosen just for you. A Place for kids to find their own fun, painting outside the lines and going for that second scoop. Eating by the crackling hearth or outside under a starry sky. 

…. a personal residence: a gathering place for hosting and sharing –  a haven of invitation, activity, and comfort.” 

Tumble Creek

The Tumble Creek Clubhouse shou sugi ban project gives people in Central Washington an outlet to kick-back, relax and enjoy life.

2. Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building – Newport, OR

Thoroughly engineered to withstand a Cascadia subduction zone tsunami event, the Marine Studies Building is a vertical evaluation structure clad in shou sugi ban and with supplies on the rooftop to support over 920 people for up to two days post such an event. Wrapped in 35,000 SF of Fire-Retardant-Treated-Wood Gendai and Pika-Pika, the MSB offers the surrounding communities and those that interact with it a safe-haven if a time should ever come. Designed by Yost Grubehall and built by Andersen Construction (GC), Skyline Sheetmetal (cladding scope).

Firstly, the MSB is designed to withstand a 9+ earthquake and to survive an XXL tsunami event; not to mention being repairable afterwards. For residents of the Oregon coast who are anticipating the big one, this project is a benchmark providing reassurance and peace of mind within the tsunami zone. On this section of the coast, much or most buildable land is within the tsunami zone, so this project is an important case study.

In addition, an accessibility ramp on the outside of the building leads from the ground level to the roof of this three-story structure. The roof of the building is 47 feet high, and designed to serve as an emergency assembly site. Also, several horizontal evacuation paths exist from the HMSC campus, where people can walk to avoid the tsunami inundation. These routes include Safe Haven Hill and the Oregon Community College. 

Moreover, it’s an addition to the Hatfield Marine Studies Science Center that improves the safety of those that work and live in the surrounding local area. The building will also dramatically increase the Hatfields campus’ marine science education and research capabilities. For instance: an innovation lab – to take projects from research to the marketplace, a 250 seat auditorium, a collaborative research department, a large lobby and cafe, plenty of classrooms and enough art to probably be mistaken for a museum.

In other words, very cool and very safe! 

3. Discovery Center Shou Sugi Ban Project – Philadelphia, PA

The Discovery Center is an urban bird sanctuary and leadership development center conceived in partnership between The Audubon Society of Pennsylvania, Outward Bound Philadelphia, and the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. Most importantly, the center aims at connecting city residents with nature, making it a perfect shou sugi ban project candidate.  

The designer selected 13,000 SF of Gendai with a black prefinish. Designed by DIGSAU and built by the Challenge Program, this project surrounds a 37-acre decommissioned reservoir.

The creation of the East Park Reservoir in the 1870’s was a monumental achievement of 19th century urban infrastructure. However, as the basins have been decommissioned over time, the man-made landscape has given way to the restorative forces of nature. Closed for decades, this project marks the reopening of the site for public access. 

In addition, for many years, fencing, dense vegetation, and a significant grade change from street level hid the building from view. The design of the newly opened center amplifies the strange and compelling sensation of ascending from an urban landscape to an unexpected and elevated body of water. 

Above all, the design relies on simple forms, including a nearly 500’ charred wood facade and site wall, to create a single, poignant portal from the city to this unexpected natural setting, drawing visitors in and heightening the experience of revelation.

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