1. The Redmond Residence, designed by Finne Architects, is in a heavily wooded area east of Seattle. This location seems to inform the use of wood throughout, be it the floors, the the ceilings, walls or even the unique columns.
This skylight links the wood-lined interior to the fir trees beyond. The X-shaped columns also allude to the trees, as if the roof is the canopy and the columns are the trunks.
The wood ceiling — beams, purlins, decking — is easily the most striking aspect of the Redmond Residence. This arises from its form and the structural complexity, which incorporates gray steel members.
The hybrid wood-steel structure extends to the X-shaped columns, here seen next to wood cabinets whose shelves actually step back with the angles.
2. This yoga studio, designed by SHKS Architects, is in a grove of fir trees, also outside Seattle. The exterior, namely the wood structure and the ceiling, hints at some of what is happening inside.
The wood beams and roof decking sit above wood flooring, walls and built-in furniture, making the interior a wood-lined environment. Like the previous example, the skylight frames the fir trees outside, linking inside and outside.
A partition with fittings for yoga equipment is also made from wood. The construction of the building, like the previous example, is also a hybrid, utilizing wood and steel — the partition supported by steel columns and the trusses bolted together.
3. This last example is the smallest of the bunch, a garden shed in London's Hackney borough, designed by Office Sian. The single-room building serves as a library and an office/studio for the clients. It may be small and had an equally small budget, but it parallels the other two examples, especially in the way it embeds itself within the trees.
Standard wood lumber frames the building and sheaths both the exterior and parts of the interior. It is very utilitarian and creatively efficient: Shelves are inserted between the framing to support books. The "hidden skylight," as the architects call it, aligns this small project with the first two examples.