Kebony-clad beach houses in East Sussex designed by Walker & Martin Architects have earned a sustainability prize at the Surface Design Awards.
The prize, in the Sustainable Exterior Surface category, was given for the wooden cladding of two contemporary beach houses, located at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Situated next to the county’s only sand dunes, the four-bedroom abodes are described as the ideal summer bolthole with spectacular views of the sea and unparalleled access to the beach.
The Surface Design Show was this year held earlier this month at the Business Design Centre in London. This event is the place to find new and innovative surface solutions, materials and products, featuring the latest materials and products from over 130 exhibitors.
The awards recognise the most innovative design and use of materials in construction projects internationally, entries are judged on the use of materials, the type of surface and the aesthetic design of the project. The inaugural ceremony was first held in 2013 and it has since grown in size and recognition since and the 2016 awards received 146 submissions for projects across 24 countries.
The beach houses at Camber Sands draw aesthetic inspiration from their beautiful surroundings on the sand dunes. The silver-grey patina of Kebony cladding echoes the natural colours of the dunes and the smooth wooden panelling mean the buildings blend into the seafront. The design utilised recycled and sustainable materials throughout and Kebony was chosen for its environmental credentials and for being proven successful in harsh climates.
Stuart Martin on behalf of Walker & Martin Architects said “Kebony is a truly deserving winner, providing a high quality, environmentally beneficial product for Camber Sands beach houses. It is an ideal material to work with that has to be commended. It is great Kebony has received the recognition it deserves.”
Kebony’s international sales director Adrian Pye added “We are thrilled to have been announced winners of the Surface Design Awards – Kebony has been able to contribute to a project that is perfectly in keeping with its surroundings and we are grateful to Walker & Martin Architects for choosing Kebony for such a unique design.”