Top 5 Homes of the Week With Wondrous Wood Accents

Wood: what can't it do? These modern homes from the Dwell community utilize the sturdy material to a remarkable effect.

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1. Bohan Kemp

"Sharing roots with local Michiana pole barns, this economical structure of glue-laminated Douglas fir bents, braces, and decking is held above runoff and snow by galvanized steel stirrups," says Wheeler Kearns Architects. The boat-like, wooden ceiling in Bohan Kemp is a truly unique feature, directing air flow and adding charm to the space.

Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects, Location: Michigan

From the architect: "Sited just beyond the tree line where a stand of pine trees break and a meadow begins, a long platform is located to maximize the experience of these two simultaneous landscapes. Approached on foot through rows of mature pines, the building is elevated upon pilotis to minimize its impact on the site, visually and environmentally."

2. DS House

DS House provides its inhabitants with a relaxed, private atmosphere. Planned Living Architects' extensive use of timber complements the raw, tactile character of the in situ concrete walls.

Architect: Planned Living Architects, Location: Blairgowrie, Australia

From the architect: "In the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a robust, tactile, and refined combination of raw concrete and timbers. With privacy and understated presence, it embraces the coastal streetscape before opening up through seamless connections to the secluded, sun-filled backyard."

3. Gregory Creek Residence

Each layer of Gregory Creek Residence relates differently to the surrounding natural environment. "Overall an open visual flow connects those in the home to the creek and its creatures, while offering protection via the use of cantilevers," says Gettliffe Architecture.

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Architect: Gettliffe Architecture, Location: Boulder, Colorado

From the architect: "The Gregory Creek Residence is located in a lush copse of trees along the green corridor of Gregory Creek in Boulder. Inspired by a program that emphasized both inclusion in and protection from this rich, wild environment, the image of a cluster of mushrooms became an early metaphor—a home emerging from the soil as part of the forest undergrowth to create shelter for a safe retreat."

4. Tarusa House

The wooden staircase of Tarusa House features a large street-facing window. Wood covers the floor, ceiling, and walls in most of this home designed by Architectural Bureau Project 905.

Architect: Architectural Bureau Project 905, Location: Tarusa, Russia

From the architect: "This wooden dacha was built near the historic town of Tarusa for a family of artists. The client asked us to create a building that looked like an old Russian dacha, but we instead proposed a design that combined traditional and modern solutions. It was impossible to ignore the existing historical environment, [but we] sought to design a technologically and visually modern dacha."

5. Semidetached House on a Hillside

MWArchitekten utilized local wood to harmonize the home's interiors with its facade.

Architect: MWArchitekten, Location: Hohenems, Austria

From the architect: "The goal was to create an ecological structure that does not fall into sterility and artificiality. As a model for this purpose, the architects studied housing typologies that have been developed over generations. The facade design is based on the atmospheric qualities of these traditional structures."

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