The west-facing exterior side wall of an Austin, Texas, house is covered with an aluminum lattice rainscreen that controls sun pouring into the full-height windows beneath. Photo by: Viviane Vives
A rainscreen of Atlantic white cedar that floats four-and-a-half inches off the structure of a courtyard house in New York. The clever cover allows the house to breathe, drains away moisture, and conceals the “cheap and hideous foam” covering the house’s multilayered insulation sandwich with light-handed elegance. Photo by: John Muggenborg
A rather mysterious cube rises up between the trees and neighboring Georgian houses of London’s peaceful De Beauvoir Town. The cube designed by David Adjaye is clad in a cedar rainscreen, which is stained dark brown. Photo by: Ed Reeve
“It not only adds variation and character, but takes the heat in the summer and deflects cold in the winter,” architect Brian White says about the stained cedar rainscreen on his Seattle house. Constructed in four-foot segments and exactingly screwed in place, the screen can easily be repaired and replaced. Photo by: John Clark
Cor-ten cladding an an aluminum rainscreen protect this modern house in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
A cedar-slat rain screen hangs on the facade of Denis Carpenter’s concrete house in Jersey City, softening its appearance and adding a modest dash of color. Carpenter keeps the awning-style windows open in the spring and summer, creating a draft that compensates for the lack of an air-conditioning system. Photo by: Samantha Contis