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November 1, 2013
One of the most ubiquitous materials in projects featured in our pages is cedar—a tree species that's found all around the globe. Spy seven projects that deftly use wood in the following slideshow.
Cedar clad home in Seattle.

On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents and a cedar facade.

Originally appeared in Modern Steel House in Seattle
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modern weekend retreat in rhode island with wood and stone facade

Brooklyn's Lubrano Ciavarra Architects crafted this modern weekend house designed to frame its landscape. Architect Lea Ciavarra deployed a restrained materials palette on the exterior, which was inspired by the landscape. "Since the site is wooded and wild, we used natural materials like cedar and slate instead of synthetic siding," she says. The architect treated the facade like a piece of millwork and spent nearly six months working with the contractor to come up with the pattern of the shiplapped boards. Photo by Chris Cooper.

Originally appeared in A Modern Retreat in Rhode Island
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Valentine house exterior and garage

Finished in 2002, this Boston project is clad in western red cedar and copper, which is slowly acquiring a green patina. Named the Valentine House, for its street (which was named for the soap factory), the structure cuts a striking figure in Cambridge. Photo by Roger Davies.

Originally appeared in About a View
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Charred cedar clad kitchen

In Carlsbad, California, Sebastian Mariscal designed a Japan-inspired modern house to include a charred cedar facade and interior accents. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California
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Linus, Archie, and Olive relax on the home’s cedar-lined front deck that opens off the main living area.

A cedar-lined deck outfitts this New Zealand vacation home. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

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Modern house Alaska by Mayer Sattler-Smith

In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin with a charred-cedar facade as expansive as the Last Frontier. Photo by Kamil Bialous.

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Originally appeared in Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska
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The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s real pleasures.

Richly hued cedar lines the corridor of a house on the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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Originally appeared in Blue in the Facade
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Cedar clad home in Seattle.

On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents and a cedar facade.

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