This photo of the popular Moontower Residence in Austin, Texas, illustrates the versatility of fiber cement relative to traditional siding. One volume is covered with horizontal siding, while the other is board and batten; both are capped by the same corrugated metal roofing and treated with a similar color palette.
The 100K House — a pilot project in Philadelphia for entry-level urban homes — is a simple box that garners attention from the vertical random vertical striping of two colors of fiber cement panels. Note how the windows are the same width as the panels, therefore becoming part of the overall pattern — or lack thereof.
This house shows a jump in scale in terms of panel sizes, but also how fiber cement can be used alongside other materials. It acts as a frame on this facade, wrapping around volumes covered with materials of a finer scale and different color. I like the way the door is tucked in the gap between the panels and the white volume.
While the materials in the previous example were similar in color and tone, this project is about contrast. Fiber cement panels and wood planks are articulated in a way that the former read like two-dimensional pieces layered over the latter.
Fiber cement panels in this prefab house cover a small volume, while cedar siding is used for the larger bar. The slate-blue color is carried into the space between the windows on the second floor.
A closeup of the slate volume shows the exposed fasteners that ring the perimeter of each fiber cement panel.
Two sizes and colors of fiber cement panels cover this guest house. Dark floats above light. This is an inversion of what we might expect, but one that is "righted" by the size of the siding and the panels, small above large.
Fiber cement panels can also be used in horizontal patterns to resemble oversize siding. Here wide bands in gray meet vertical cedar planks toward the front of the house.
More variation in fiber cement panels: vertical board and batten in the foreground (note the way the front door matches), and larger rectangular panels in the back.