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Cardrona Cabin

Designed as a showcase for Abodo, this seemingly simple cabin embodies our motto: Carefully Crafted Timber

Set in the heart of Cardrona Valley, in the South Island’s harsh alpine climate, the cabin demonstrates the durability, along with the beauty of Abodo timber products and processes.

Externally, the slatted Vulcan Screening in Silicate finish is designed to age and weather to the grey tones of its rocky environment, while the concrete base is imprinted with the grained texture of timber formwork.

The interior reflects warmth, texture and heart with a crafted carpentry of exposed timber structure, and highly grained timber panelling evocative of sarking in early period cottages in the area.

No longer can we use slow grown, imported timbers to build premium homes and structures. This building is a showcase of what can be achieved when we think differently.

Abodo timbers are sourced from rapidly renewable New Zealand plantations that help to mitigate climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon.

Using state-of-the-art thermal modification and grain orientation technology, we can craft beautiful timbers that stand the test of time, without disadvantaging future generations.

Address: 2340 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona, Wanaka - New Zealand

A few carefully crafted details

  • Façade and Roof: Abodo Vulcan timber screening, finished in Sioo:x, a silicate based wood finish designed to silver off.

  • Entry Platform: Vulcan board formed concrete with “bush hammer” finish.

  • Structure: Abodo Vulcan timber in exposed studs and rafters in raw finish combined with exposed steel portals.

  • Interiors: Abodo Vulcan Panelling TG9 – raw finish.

  • Flooring: Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech, finished in Whittle Evolution hard wax oil.

  • Kitchen: Abodo Vulcan facings, with Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech bench top, finished in Rubio Monocoat Intense Black.

Download a copy of the project sheet here.

Download a copy of the predictive thermal modelling report here - for Passive House / Low Energy Building.

Read more on how to fix rainscreen elements here.

For timber samples or more information, please get in touch.

Project Details
Completion date:
Early 2020
Assembly Architects
Dunlop Builders - Wanaka
Vulcan Screening in Silicate Finish
Vulcan Panelling - TG9 profile
Cardrona - South Island, New Zealand
Photography credit:
Simon Devitt and Chris Lea
Videography credit:
Jiwan Singh
Winner - 2020 Interior Awards - Retail Category
Winner - 2020 Southern Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
Winner - 2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
Regional Category Winner - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category
Gold Award - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category

Linkwood Home

Designed to capture light and panoramic views, this eco-conscious build features Vulcan Cladding to integrate into the natural surrounds

RWA Architects and Cairnrowan Custom Homes were commissioned to design a new build contemporary five bedroom family home on an elevated site near Pitmedden in 2018.

The site benefitted from panoramic views from an elevated level. However with the prime view at the North, the design solution needed to address how this view could be captured whilst ensuring maximum natural light into the building.

The design solution is a series of vernacular forms connected with a contrasting and contemporary flat roof form. The gable forms are positioned on the site to open up to the panoramic views.

A simple palette of external materials was proposed as a direct response to the local region including natural slate, light coloured render, timber cladding and drystone walling.

Abodo Vulcan Cladding was specified for a number of reasons. Firstly the client did not like the weathering process of local larch cladding and Abodo provided a more consistent appearance.

Cairnrowan Custom Homes also recommended it for its stability which meant it was more workable and minimised site waste, compared with other timber boards.

The technical brief for Linkwood included consideration of renewable energy and most importantly a high-quality construction specification to reduce the building’s energy demands.

The house is constructed using Scotframe’s “Val-U-Therm” SIP panel system, a prefabricated cassette panel which is highly engineered providing superior insulation qualities and allowing flexibility with large spanning open plan spaces and vaulted ceilings.

The heating and ventilation systems comprise of a Daikin air source heat pump, providing primary space and water heating and is supplemented with a Zehnder MVHR system. A wood burning stove provides secondary heating.

To compensate for electricity usage, the garage was fitted with 3.92kW of photovoltaic panels. The completed build achieves an EPC A-rating.

Project Details
RWA Architects
Cairnrowan Custom Homes
Vulcan Cladding

Vodafone InnoV8 Building

Vodafone's new ‘Innov8’ building, located in Christchurch's innovation precinct, has been designed to the highest green building standards.

Vodafone's building has featured Abodo’s Vulcan VG Cladding extensively through the interior and exterior, it’s the first commercial property in Christchurch’s innovation precinct to be awarded a Green Star Design rating from the NZ Green Building Council.

The Vodafone Innov8 brief required the design team to create a positive, healthy interior environment that not only brought people together but nurtured their well-being. With this in mind, the team developed the concept of a laneway tree house, which also helped inform the fit-out concept of the urban village; connecting those working in the office with each other, and with their surroundings.

The use of timber was key in realising this design intent and in bringing a level of familiarity, warmth and tactility to the structure at a level where people will engage with it directly. InnoV8, Vodafone’s new South Island base, has achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating. Jasmax chose Abodo Vulcan timber as it is made from FSC® certified renewable NZ radiata pine forests.

Abodo Vulcan thermally modified timber features extensively on the exterior elements of the building

The timber is locally sourced and has been through a patented treatment process which removes the need for the timber to be chemically treated. This means it’s safe for people and the environment, a great fit for a project of this kind which promotes sustainability and well-being alongside business success.

Abodo Vulcan thermally modified timber features extensively on the exterior elements of the building including solar screening, feature panels and decorative insets. The timber was chosen due to its natural durability and stability, meaning even in weather-exposed conditions it will achieve exceptional weatherability and maintain its beauty for a lifetime. Abodo worked with Jasmax to design a custom profile for exterior soffit that accommodates a red aluminium ‘T’ section profile making for a striking showcase of the client’s corporate colour.

Kept at street level and protected by an eave, the maintenance on this natural wood façade will be minimal and easily accessible. Jasmax created a special connection detail in consultation with Abodo to accommodate Vulcan timber solar screening on the exterior facade.

The entrance and reception area utilises timber elements to offset hard surfaces – and to bring warmth and beauty to the stylish, technology-focused layout. Abodo Protector Oil was used to finish the timber. It is a natural penetrating oil designed to be used exterior, however due to low VOC and being non toxic in nature, it was able to be used inside to maintain a consistent aesthetic.

The entrance and reception area utilises timber elements to offset hard surfaces

Project Details
Vulcan VG Cladding
Vulcan Screening Bandsawn Four Face
Early 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand


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