The Kebony Boat House, Oslo Harbour

Project: The Kebony Boat House, Oslo Harbour

Kebony AS, this year’s winner of the British Best Business Award for Innovation, is delighted to unveil its latest project - The Kebony Boat House – a traditional yet architecturally-striking landmark in the heart of Oslo Harbour.

As part of Kebony’s ongoing partnership with TreStykker 2012, an independent workshop involving students from three of Norway’s most prestigious architecture and design schools, the Kebony Boat House is the latest of three high-profile collaborative projects between the two parties.

Tasked with designing and delivering a unique and eye-catching landmark on Oslo’s beautiful and bustling waterfront, the students took an innovative approach to reinventing this area of public space and also reinterpreting Norway’s historic traditions surrounding coastal boat houses.

Kebony is an award-winning alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic-treated wood that is sustainable, environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, easily-maintained, resistant to decay and aesthetic. It’s impressive durability and long lifespan in harsh climates makes Kebony the perfect choice for this new harbour-side landmark, while the Kebony Southern Yellow Pine cladding and decking compliments its picturesque surrounds and will acquire a beautiful silver-grey patina over time.

The Kebony Boat House is not only a stunning example of sustainable architecture but also an engaging space that will be used as an intimate venue for concerts, theatrical performances and popular music series by national broadcaster, NRK.

Commenting on project, Mattias Tellqvist, TreStykker 2012 Board Member, says: “Construction of the boat house has enabled the students involved to realise their creative vision with spectacular results. We are thrilled to be working with Kebony and the resulting transformation of the harbour”

Jan Terje Nielsen, Marketing Director at Kebony, adds: “The students in the TreStykker organisation have shown impressive architectural skills and professionalism which is very promising for their future. Kebony are proud to be involved in this beautiful project with these up and coming architects”.

This longstanding partnership between TreStykker 2012 and Kebony reflects the increasing prevalence and popularity of sustainable alternatives in design, architecture and construction. Kebony has pioneered the call for a reduction in the use of tropical hardwood and toxic-treated wood and offers a high quality, sustainable and versatile alternative that has myriad uses including cladding, roofing, windows, furniture, flooring and decking and more.

In recognition of its revolutionary approach, Kebony was acknowledged as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the highly competitive Global Cleantech 100 in 2010 and 2011. Other accolades received by the company include Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50 Award’, being cited as one of the top 50 companies that could change our world in 2010, and named as a CNBC top 25 creative European Company. On a more regional level, Kebony has received the Glass Bear for sustainable consumption and production, the Norwegian Blue Ocean Award and the Nordic region’s eco-label, the Swan. Earlier this year Kebony won the Best Business Award for Best Innovation, and has been shortlisted in the Retrofit Awards and Housebuilder Awards.