In the 1940s, the distinguished Canadian architect John Bland designed an elegant vacation house near Lake Masson in Quebec. Seven decades later, the midcentury gem was at risk for demolition. Architect Alain Carle revived the home’s exterior by recladding it in fresh cedar planks, local stone, and black anodized aluminum. He also replaced the original windows—all damaged—and changed the sizes of some to respond better to the outdoors.
This New Zealand "bach," located on a remote island 62 miles from the coast of Auckland and off the electricity grid, is designed around the rituals of communal food preparation, dining, and sleeping, and to be occupied for short periods of time. The structure consists of two rectangular, cedar-clad pavilions of different lengths, connected by a walkway that is permeable to the elements.
Laura Sohn and Carlos Anderson gave their eastern Tennessee neighbors nothing to complain about when they, with the help of local firm Sanders Pace Architecture, constructed a modern cabin nestled in a copse of cedar trees, hardly visible from the road. In fact, the 2,500-square-foot house—a modern rendition of a dogtrot, spliced into a Y shape and clad in black metal and western red cedar—attracts far less attention than its nearest neighbor, an abandoned farmhouse from the Civil War.
With its tall silhouette, narrow upper window, and blank face, this house in the Auckland suburb of Waterview could almost be a utility building, were it not covered in cedar weatherboards. Architect Andrew Lister designed the wedge-shaped building for actor Yuri Kinugawa and film producer Owen Hughes, with a high ceiling stud, open-plan interior, and a deck flush with the ground floor, based on the principles of the Direct Compass, a Japanese discipline related to feng shui.
In the countryside near Oxford, England, Adrian James Architects designed a cedar-clad house that achieves architectural distinction using prefabricated elements. Built out of flat-packed, insulated panels, the home cantilevers over a concrete wall, creating a captivating entrance.
A Connecticut home with a notable architectural legacy gets an expansive update for a family of six. Gray Organschi took down this worn-out 1970s summer home and reinvented it as a serene pair of bleached cedar volumes connected by a glass bridge.
The San Francisco residence architect Cary Bernstein revamped for Scott Croyle and his family is an exercise in hide-and-seek. The 1,800-square-foot residence, through the ingenious use of natural materials and space-saving design, feels expansive. Ironspot clay tile and FSC-certified cedar clads the facade.
Neighborliness can seem like a thing of the past in many suburbs today, a trend that architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin were hoping to counter when they approached the renovation and extension of a weatherboard home outside Melbourne for a family. Instead of designing another closed-off contemporary work of architecture, the architects created a village, wherein a series of friendly, gabled structures lead out from the original house and border an open garden. Its tiny houses are clad in white steel panels and western red cedar shingles, contrasting materials that emphasize their geometric forms.
Los Angeles-based firm Anonymous Architects cantilevered side-by-side houses over two steep lots in Los Angeles's Mount Washington neighborhood. Each canyon-side site measures roughly 2,000 square feet and, once zoning and land-use regulations were taken into account, left room for a maximum footprint of just 600-square-feet for each building. The two separate structures were given a visual unity by cladding them with a specially fire-treated cedar siding on the exterior.
Architect Bergendy Cooke is an admirer of the strong, sculptural architectural forms that appear in Japanese and Spanish architecture. Outside Queenstown, New Zealand, she put her ideas into practice in a home that would be the benchmark for bc+a studio, her own venture. Clad in black-stained cedar, the monolithic family home rises from its alpine setting.
Emerging gracefully from an overgrown meadow on Chappaquiddick Island near Edgartown, Massachusetts, a family vacation home by Peter Rose + Partners is bound to the local flora and fauna through smart design decisions. The 6,000-square-foot main residence is the focal point of the site plan, which also includes a 630-square-foot-garage, 130-square-foot boat shed and 270-square-foot storage shed, all of which blend into the site and offer views of Nantucket and Cape Pogue Bay to the east. Exterior walls are clad in an sealed, unpainted western red cedar to mirror the colors of the site’s tawny meadows.
A couple embarks on a new life together by establishing a homestead on a dilapidated lot in a buzzworthy corner of San Francisco’s Mission District. Working with architect Todd Davis, the couple decided to cut the bunker-like edifice in half and use it as an outdoor dining area that opens to a courtyard. Red cedar planks, added inside and out, would tie the home's three structures together.
Architect Thor Olav Solbjør doesn’t see wood as just another material choice, he sees it as a way to “communicate with the surroundings.” Tasked with building a 750-square-foot addition to a country home in Jar, Norway, set amid pine forests, his team at SAAHA turned to charred cedar, a traditional Japanese building material created with charcoal, to create a simple, striking extension.
When most people think of Cape Cod, they imagine sand, shells, and waves. But much of the promontory is forested, and it was on a woodsy hilltop in Truro that architect Mark Hammer was tasked with building a weekend retreat. To make the most of the setting, he raised living and dining spaces to the second level, creating an "upside down" cabin that lets residents take in seaside views over the tree tops. White and red cedar boards—typical Cape Cod materials—clad the exterior.
Architects David Battersby and Heather Howat were tasked with perching a 3,500-square-foot vacation house on a steep, remote site overlooking British Columbia’s Center Bay. The house cantilevers out over the landscape for unimpeded views. The exterior materials reflect the surrounding environment. Vertical, stained cedar siding, installed in a random pattern, echoes the dark bark of nearby douglas firs, while horizontal, clear-stained red cedar siding similarly recalls the lighter trees.