Architect’s home by Thomas Nesheim


Located in Tønsberg, Southern Norway, architect Thomas Nesheim’s ambitious new coastal home is the product of unique design and the use of innovative materials. Blending seamlessly into the rugged landscape, the self-build home is characterised by the extensive use of charred Kebony cladding, which creates a striking finish to the rural project.

The architect prioritised creating a home in Norway which would have a very special atmosphere and a close bond to the surrounding landscape. The distinctive charred finish of the Kebony timber provides the home with a rare aesthetic quality which perfectly chimed with Thomas Nesheim’s vision.   The design also allows for large amounts of natural light to spill into the home through the large glass windows and doors, whilst fostering the open-plan interior which fulfilled the architect’s brief.

Though charred timber has been used in Norway for centuries, the charred Kebony cladding was chosen above other materials such as larch due to its heightened physical property and the fact the material requires very minimal maintenance. The charred aesthetic also complements the natural, rugged appearance of the home’s coastal surroundings.

Located in rural Norway and close-by to surrounding forests and the coastline, sustainability and an awareness for the environment was a key concern for Thomas Nesheim and his young family, therefore selecting materials like Kebony were crucial to achieving his vision and upholding his criteria. Source by Kebony and photos Courtesy of The Communication Group.

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