The Ochre Barn by Carl Turner Architects
Chipboard or Oriented strand board (OSB), has been cropping up all over the show in residential homes, retail, and hospitality. A cheap alternative to MDF and half the price of plywood, OSB is proving to be a cost effective way to create contemporary interiors while retaining a rustic warmth. Although there continues to be some debate over environmental impact, the production of OSB uses almost all of the trees harvested and due to the types of waxes and resins used, there are very low emissions, and the material itself is completely recyclable. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to design and the wide range of looks which can be achieved, from raw edged industrial chic to high luxe minimalism.
Carl Turner Architects in London, chose this inexpensive and hardwearing as their chief material for two barn projects within one multi purpose development. The private residential space, named Ochre Barn, (above), marries the existing exposed brick with polished concrete and pine flooring with OSB ‘islands’ which define different zones within the open plan space. The guest quarters, coined the Stealth Barn (pictured below),achieves an immersive quality by lining all four walls with OSB at interesting angles and offsetting the timber’s dense texture with bold silhouettes of black, white, and red furnishings.
Melbourne designer Matt Gibson demonstrates that OSB is not strictly confined to a raw, industrial look. A series of angular archways take on a striking effect when positioned against a black backdrop, dramatic uplighting, concrete flooring and mirrored walls in this high end fashion boutique. We’ve also seen OBS used a great deal in street wear boutiques, cafes, and music studios around the world. Be bold and deck your entire space with it, or use it sparingly to create specific areas of interest.Whatever your take, OSB is versatile, durable, and an inexpensive option when considering materials for your interiors, and no doubt it’ll be around for some time to come yet.
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