A Modern Barn in Hout Bay, Cape Town

Rubio WoodCream was chosen for the exterior cladding of this stunning residence in Hout Bay, Cape Town, because the finish mimics the look of Shou Sugi Ban (ancient Japanese technique of burning timber). This home was designed by Salt Architects and built by Musa Renovations and Projects. The home owners wanted the cladding to look modern without coming across as too “slick” or having too much sheen in the finish. Rubio WoodCream created a natural look and feel, showing the variance of the natural grain and weathered look. Besides the aesthetics, they chose this product because of the ease of application and maintenance. As the name suggests, it takes one coat per board and is incredibly easy to touch up.

“No sanding, priming or prepping. Touch ups require a wipe down and reapplication. It sounds too good to be true but that is the beauty of Rubio Monocoat.” – Lunawood
“We wanted our house to sit well with the surrounding architecture and landscape. The architect designed the house to look like a very modern barn that sort of floats in the landscape. We knew we wanted the house to blend in with the scenic surrounds and decided on a black finish. It was important to us to use natural materials so the cladding needed to be solid timber. But everyone knows timber cladding can be a nightmare to maintain so we searched for something that could withstand the elements, opting for thermally treated timber seemed like the only option. We had originally wanted to go for the Shou Sugi Ban technique but this is incredibly labour intensive and is a true art form that not many local contractors can promise. We are so happy with the finished product. It ticked all the boxes and looks beautiful” – Home owners

Oy Lunawood Ltd is an innovative pioneer in the thermal modification of wood and has grown to be a global Thermowood market leader. The company’s status is based on high-quality products, reliable customer service and professional employees. Innovation and sustainability plays an important role in Lunawood’s strategy. Lunawood raw material is sourced from well managed and certified Scandinavian forests and transformed into natural Thermowood products. Their value proposition is to offer people the connection between urban environment and nature. Their applications cover decking, cladding, facade, pergolas/ frames, screens, interior and 3D texture walls. Lunawood Thermowood is an optimal material inside out due to it’s naturality (no-toxic) dimensional stability, light weight as well as beautiful brown colour tone. Lunawood do not require additional treatment to withstand time, but can be surface treated with any wax, oil or varnish suitable for wood. Visit for more.

Client: LunaWood
Project: House Sassen, Modern Barn
Location: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Product focus: Rubio WoodCream
Colour: Aged #7
Wood specie: Scandinavian Pine
Surface area: 250m²
Architect & Design: Salt Architects
Contractor: Musa Renovations and Projects
Photography: Copyright JD Van Der Walt