A Kebony wood terrace between sky and sea, basking in the eternal light of the Mediterranean
International architecture agency AW2 has taken on a new luxury project in Corsica’s gulf of Porto-Vecchio. This villa encourages fluidity between the internal and external, thanks to its large sliding glass doors, which offer direct access to its vast terrace made of natural Kebony wood.
The terrace of the luxurious Villa Porto-Vecchio has been completely renovated: it is now adorned with new decking made of Kebony wood. From it, the villa’s owners can enjoy an exceptional view of the sea, in an idyllic and unusual setting, nestled in the heart of the Corsican hinterland.
This house, which is a contemporary family property, plays on the fluidity between internal and external, and between sky and sea. The raw expression of the materials used, and in particular the contrasting harmony between the stone and Kebony wood of the terrace, allows it to blend into the surrounding rip-rap and local vegetation, while offering top-of-the-range amenities around its infinity pool.
The owners and its architects, Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux of the agency AW2, have chosen to adorn its vast terrace with Kebony wood. This wood is especially resistant to erosion and bad weather, making it a great choice for decking and outdoor spaces. Although it is a natural material, Kebony wood does not require any maintenance beyond normal cleaning. It also offers enhanced resistance in comparison to untreated softwoods.
Developed in Norway, patented Kebony technology uses an environmentally respectful process which permanently improves the properties of sustainable softwood using a biological liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. By polymerising the cell wall, the wood’s durability and dimensional stability are considerably improved, giving it properties similar to those of tropical woods.
Kebony uses only raw materials sourced from sustainably managed forests with FSC® certification, and which bear the Nordic Swan ecolabel.
Over time, the wooden decking will develop a silver grey patina, allowing it to blend harmoniously into its natural surroundings, while establishing a unifying aesthetic link with the villa’s modern architecture.