Who Wore it Best? Two Remote Cabins Are Clad in Shou Sugi Ban
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Who Wore it Best? Two Remote Cabins Are Clad in Shou Sugi Ban

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By Duncan Nielsen
The Japanese technique of preserving and antiquing wood makes for a bold finish—especially against the palette of the great outdoors.

In New Zealand, twin cabins by Cheshire Architects caused polarizing debates after winning a national magazine's home of the year award. In Alaska, a contemporary cabin rests in the shadow of Denali mountain amidst the rugged terrain of the expansive and wild state. Who wore shou sugi ban best? Click the heart on your favorite photo to vote for it!

A Pair of Cedar Off-Grid Cabins in New Zealand

Before building on the North Island of New Zealand, two friends spent years replanting the site. The 290-square-foot structures designed by Cheshire Architects reject the local trend of oversize beach houses—instead, they sit on the landscape like a pair of minimalist sculptures.

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In the shadow of Denali mountain, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner calls upon Mayer Sattler-Smith to design a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.