This neutral palette in the kitchen of a retreat in Washington's Cascade Mountains allows the vista to take center stage.
New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore. Lining the interiors with exposed plywood sheets and plenty of built-ins proved to be a budget-saver, and, he says, "The builders liked that, because they got to show off their workmanship, which is usually covered up by plaster and paint."
In Melbourne, Clare Cousins Architects smartly—and inexpensively—reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young couple expecting their first child. Space-efficient "micro-bedrooms" were created and sectioned off with full-height, pine plywood joinery: a nod to Shigeru Ban’s Furniture House.
The exposed-wood motif continues inside of the elegant retreat that Jean-Baptiste Barache built himself in rural France; plywood walls are among the many rough-hewn DIY elements that factored into the $105,000 project.
Built out of glue-laminated plywood beams, the diagonal grid of this kitchen, part of an extension to a Victorian home in Dublin, provides structural support and visual interest.
Disgusted with the high price of property and the politics of the co-op market, two Manhattanites opted to remain urban renters and spend their money building a 2,000-square-foot house outside the city. The result: a spacious yet modest abode with a double-height living area outfitted with unfinished plywood cladding.