6 Rainscreens We Love

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October 1, 2013
Rainscreens are the modern architect's best friend. In addition to protecting structures from moisture, these application let designers experiment with an array of facade treatments. Six Dwell favorites are highlighted in the following slideshow.
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  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

    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

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  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  Photo by: John MuggenborgCourtesy of: ©2011 John Muggenborg tel:(917)653-5321

    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

    Photo by: John Muggenborg

    Courtesy of: ©2011 John Muggenborg tel:(917)653-5321

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  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  Photo by: Ed Reeve

    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

    Photo by: Ed Reeve

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  “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  Photo by: John Clark

    “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

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Cor-ten cladding an an aluminum rainscreen protect this modern house in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

    Cor-ten cladding an an aluminum rainscreen protect this modern house in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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  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  Photo by: Samantha Contis

    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

    Photo by: Samantha Contis

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