Siberian Larch Chosen to Clad an Observatory Due to Its Excellent Performance Characteristics

Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch Cladding is equally popular with self-builders, architects and construction companies due to its attractive appearance, durability and longevity. In this very unique and interesting project, Nick Tanton chose Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch cladding for its pleasing aesthetics and impressive performance characteristics.

Taking advantage of a natural hillside slope in his back garden, Nick asked Home Farm Observatories to create an observatory for him. This ideal location gives low horizons and an elevated observing position to better observe celestial events.

The Building

The structure is 2.5 x 3.5m in size, with a roof that slides open to uncover the scope. Both the walls and roof were clad in Siberian Larch.

Nick used Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch to clad the exterior after visiting us at a landscaping exhibition and receiving a recommendation from his son, a garden designer. He explains:

"I chose Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch Channel Cladding because it would produce a watertight result with a pleasing aesthetic. I was very impressed with the existing website images and the helpfulness of the staff when discussing my requirements and also when ordering the timber."

The qualities of Siberian Larch were also praised by Home Farm Observatories, who made and erected the joinery:

"Siberian Larch is a gorgeous material that provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement. The Channel profile gives shadow line effects.”

More about Siberian Larch Cladding

Siberian Larch is a sustainable, old-growth timber that has been used in construction for centuries. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is aesthetically beautiful, naturally durable and long lasting. The remarkable qualities and unique performance characteristics of Siberian Larch have led it to be referred to as the ‘Tree of Eternity’. It is used extensively throughout Europe and has proven itself in the harshest of climates.

Siberian Larch also accepts finish very well. Nick eventually painted the wood in order to keep it cooler in sunlight. If an opaque finish is what you are looking for, we recommend Sansin SDF's range of saturated colours. This finish offers excellent UV and moisture protection for up to 10-15 years.

About Home Farm Observatories


Home Farm Observatories focuses on designing and implementing the very highest quality, bespoke observatories for individuals, societies, schools and other organisations that demand better design, performance and longevity that can be obtained with off-the-shelf ‘garden’ observatories.

Find Nick’s Home Farm Observatories Case Study here.