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Narula House

River reflections

Tasked with creating a “wow” home for their clients on the picturesque River Loddon in Berkshire, John Pardey Architects turned to Russwood for a natural, timeless aesthetic.

SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory coated with SiOO:X Original | John Pardey Architects | James Morris Photography
SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory Coated with SiOO:X Original | John Pardey Architects | James Morris Photography
SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory coated with SiOO:X Original | John Pardey Architects | James Morris Photography
SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory Coated with SiOO:X Original

Tree-lined horizon

The River Loddon is a tributary of the Thames, and prone to regular flooding. This presents the challenge of designing a home that could be elevated above ground level, with materials that could be submerged and allow floodwater to flow uninhibited across the site. The resulting design is a stunning solution, providing a home that rises up and floats gracefully on the tree-lined horizon.

Uninterrupted lines

John Pardey Architects selected Russwood’s highest grade of Siberian Larch, SILA Select® Plus, for its durability, and knew that they could provide the high-quality timber required for the strong linear form of the build. A visually light material, the larch cladding is also factory coated with SiOO:X Original, which ensures a uniform weathered appearance, adding a subtle abstract finish to the modern aesthetic. The use of FassadenClip®, a secret-fix solution that enhances the timber’s durability through increased ventilation, further allows for uninterrupted lines and a sense of flow.

SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory coated with SiOO:X Original | John Pardey Architects | James Morris Photography
SILA Select® Plus (95 x 20mm) Factory Coated with SiOO:X Original

Russwood are always a great company to deal with, from sourcing sample material, to technical literature and assistance with NBS specifications. The assurances of a quality product, that we know has great durability, leaves us confident in the longevity of the material and finish itself.

Products Used

SILA Select® Siberian Larch

SILA Select® Siberian Larch cladding is a popular choice due to its versatility & excellent durability.
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SiOO:X

SiOO:X Wood Protection eliminates differential weathering and provides a consistently weathered tone.
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FassadenClip®

An innovative secret-fix solution for open rainscreen cladding.
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