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October 11, 2013
Dwell's aesthetic has been summed up by a few aesthetic traits: flat roofs, glass walls, and wood slats. While that isn't always the case, we do appreciate louvered facades for how they help regulate light and temperature (as well as their clean, minimalist finish).
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  In this Ghanian home's exterior, slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest. Photo by Dook.  Photo by Dook.

    In this Ghanian home's exterior, slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest. Photo by Dook.

    Photo by Dook.
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  Kansas architect Dan Rockhill remedied two site drawbacks—a steep slope and street noise—in one swoop by placing the bulk of the 1,500-square-foot home on the second level and tucking an additional bedroom, bathroom, and carport underneath. But, his biggest flourish was a slatted exterior screen of Cumaru wood that shields the inexpensive metal siding.   Courtesy of Dan Rockhill.

    Kansas architect Dan Rockhill remedied two site drawbacks—a steep slope and street noise—in one swoop by placing the bulk of the 1,500-square-foot home on the second level and tucking an additional bedroom, bathroom, and carport underneath. But, his biggest flourish was a slatted exterior screen of Cumaru wood that shields the inexpensive metal siding. 

    Courtesy of Dan Rockhill.
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  Slatted outdoor corridors in cedar allow the residents of this Ontario lake house to walk through the house and across the cove without going inside. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Slatted outdoor corridors in cedar allow the residents of this Ontario lake house to walk through the house and across the cove without going inside. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by Raimund Koch.
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  For Randy Brown’s Omaha, Nebraska, home, the architect turned to a local hardware store to purchase a collection of standard two-by-four and one-by-two wood slats. He transformed the boards into an installation that separates his youngest son’s room from the communal living area, and the entire endaeavor was completed in a week with the handy help of two students from his summerlong design-build workshop.

    For Randy Brown’s Omaha, Nebraska, home, the architect turned to a local hardware store to purchase a collection of standard two-by-four and one-by-two wood slats. He transformed the boards into an installation that separates his youngest son’s room from the communal living area, and the entire endaeavor was completed in a week with the handy help of two students from his summerlong design-build workshop.

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  Taking cues from a Japanese-influenced slatted screen applied to the house’s facade, Hufft Projects applied a ring of ipe wood around the perimeter of this outdoor firepit. 

    Taking cues from a Japanese-influenced slatted screen applied to the house’s facade, Hufft Projects applied a ring of ipe wood around the perimeter of this outdoor firepit

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  So instead of the clapboard siding or shingles common in the region, the architects of this house in upstate New York devised a rain screen of Atlantic white cedar that floats four-and-a-half inches off the structure. 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.  Courtesy of ©2011 John Muggenborg tel:(917)653-5321.

    So instead of the clapboard siding or shingles common in the region, the architects of this house in upstate New York devised a rain screen of Atlantic white cedar that floats four-and-a-half inches off the structure. 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.

    Courtesy of ©2011 John Muggenborg tel:(917)653-5321.
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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. 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. Photo by Samantha Contis.

    Photo by Samantha Contis.
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Slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest.

In this Ghanian home's exterior, slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest. Photo by Dook.

Photo by Dook.

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