Slatted Wood Architecture

Is it a global fad? Slatted wood is all over the place when you’re talking contemporary architecture. It’s warm looking, can shade from the sun, and introduces a natural material to all sorts of architecture the world over. Take a look:

1 the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand
2 Ontario’s Sunset Cabin by Taylor Smyth Architects
3 the Laneway house by Peter Duckworth-Pilkington and Suzanne Cheng
4 the Bridge School in China, by Li Xiaodong
5 a finalist for the Prix d’excellence en architecture in Quebec

What do you think of the wood slat phenomenon? Is it here to stay or just a passing trend in architecture?