KREOD, a portable wooden structure revealed in London last September, has recently been recognized with a Surface Design Award for Temporary Structure. Designed by Pavilion Architecture, KREOD is constructed of Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood and preservative treated wood. The venue sculpture currently forms the centerpiece of Peninsula Square, London's busy public space between the Emirates Air Line and The O2 Arena on Greenwich Peninsula.
Modern Japanese-style house with charred wood siding : Burning the top one-eighth inch of each wood board is a natural way to preserve the timber and (paradoxically) make it fire resistant. Chemical preservatives, paints, and retardants are thus unnecessary. A further plus is the silvery beauty of the charred finish.