My brother introduced me to the beauty of plywood. Consequently, I'm easily wooed when I see lots of it in one place, like in the ceiling of this surprising Japanese Train Station.
The Hoshakuji Train Station, 80 miles north of Tokyo, was repurposed from an abandoned rice storage facility. For detailed information about the choice of plywood as an integral design element, check out this post on Arc Space.
Perhaps this novel use of plywood will inspire you to consider the material as more than a substrate that needs to be masked. It really can be lovely in its own right.
Images: Kengo Kuma & Associates