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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.
The west-facing exterior side wall is covered with an aluminum lattice rainscreen that controls sun pouring into the full-height windows beneath.

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

Originally appeared in Wolfe Den, Austin, Texas
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modern courtyard house with custom rain screen

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

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London house facade

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

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Originally appeared in All Clad
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White clad the new story with a black-stained cedar rain screen. The large opaque window lights the stairwell and second floor.

“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

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Originally appeared in Cooler Ranch
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Region of honor crab ill residence facade

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

Originally appeared in Colored In
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Modern home facade with cedar-slat rain screen

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

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Originally appeared in Garden Statement
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The west-facing exterior side wall is covered with an aluminum lattice rainscreen that controls sun pouring into the full-height windows beneath.

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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