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10 Unconventional Plywood Projects That Show The Bright Future of 20th Century Materials

Courtesy of PRODUCE Workshop
Courtesy of PRODUCE Workshop

Sold in standard 4 foot wide sheets since 1928, plywood has been a staple of conventional construction for nearly a century. Dimensionally strong, easily cut, lightweight and capable of creating an effective barrier, plywood and other engineered panels like OSB, particle board, and MDF is ubiquitous, particularly for their use as sheathing material in balloon and timber frame construction systems. Boats, airplanes and even automobile frames have historically been built out of plywood, predating (or replacing) steel, aluminum, and fiberglass. As a simple material capable of being manipulated and shaped in a wide variety of ways, sheet ply was also favored in furniture and architectural designs by modernists including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, and Marcel Breuer.

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Uptown / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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Cleveland, United States
  • Architects: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects,

The World's 10 Coolest Car Parks

Parking garages generally have a bad reputation - particularly now that cars are seen as such an environmentally unfriendly way to travel, not to mention the fact that they are often unattractive utilitarian structures. To counteract this common perception, the website Stress Free Airport Parking has launched an award for the World's Coolest Car Park. Read on after the break to find out which 10 parking structures have been shortlisted for the top award.

Ballet Valet Parking Garage in Miami, USA. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> Parc des Celestins in Lyon, France. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> Michigan Theatre in Detroit, USA. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> Charles Street in Sheffield, UK. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> + 11

Beaver Street Reprise / Craig Steely Architecture

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San Francisco, United States

Mines Road House / MacCracken Architects

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Livermore, United States
  • Architects: MacCracken Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4100 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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San Francisco, United States

McCarthy Residence / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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San Francisco, United States
  • Architects: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Toast / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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  • Architects: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Beth El / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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Conduit / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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San Francisco, United States
  • Architects: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Tehama Grasshopper / Fougeron Architecture

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San Francisco, United States
  • Architects: Fougeron Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  418
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Veranda car park / Paul de Ruiter Architects

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Congregation Beth Sholom / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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San Francisco, United States
  • Architects: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2694
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008