Kebony is delighted to unveil its latest project, Oslo’s new Onda restaurant. This exciting new opening from internationally-acclaimed chefs Terje Naess and Rune Pal, not only has big ambitions for Michelin-starred fine dining, but sets a new standard in its creative design and striking architecture.
Project architects Alliance and MAPT chose Kebony’s award-winning sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic treated wood for the exterior cladding. Meaning ‘wave’ in Spanish, Onda is clad in a beautiful undulating wave of Kebony Southern Yellow Pine, which perfectly complements its marine setting and is designed to evolve over time to acquire a subtle silver-grey patina.
Chosen not only for its aesthetic qualities, Kebony is also environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and, of particular importance in the harsh Norwegian climate, durable, resistant to decay, easy to maintain and cost effective. Kebony’s high density and exceptional quality ensures it is resistant to wear and weathering without the need for any expensive and environmentally-damaging chemical treatments. The product demonstrates comparable, and often superior, properties to tropical hardwood.
Built on the traditional Tingvalla pier, Onda is a unique structure formed of four small conical shapes, all of which have a different slope and angle to form an organic-looking exterior wave. This exterior Kebony cladding is combined with an usual mixture of contrasting materials including a simple sheer glass facade and galvanized steel gratings. Reflecting Kebony’s superb environmental credentials, Onda has adopted for sustainable approach throughout the project, not only choosing sustainable products but pioneering technologies such as a cooled waste grinders.
Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments: “Onda is a very exciting addition to Oslo’s popular marina. We are delighted that Alliance Architects and MAPT chose Kebony’s innovative cladding product to envelop the magnificent exterior of this high-profile restaurant, not only making an important environmental stance but one based on both aesthetics and practicality.”
In Norway, the UK and internationally, architects, contractors and developers alike are increasingly turning to high quality, durable and environmentally-friendly products such as Kebony. Kebony offers a revolutionary wood product that can be used not only for exterior cladding but also decking, flooring, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture, yacht decking and other construction materials.
Kebony has been recognised for its green credentials being named as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the Global Cleantech 100 both in 2010 and 2011. This Norwegian wood company also received Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50 Award’, was cited as one of the top 50 companies that could change our world in 2010 alongside being cited by CNBC as a top 25 creative European Company. Kebony has also received the Nordic region’s eco-label, the Swan, the Glass Bear for sustainable consumption and production and the Norwegian Blue Ocean Award. Environmental studies also demonstrate that Kebony maple has a substantially lower carbon footprint than unsustainable logged Burmese teak.