Rainscreen was first developed in Norway and then Canada in the 1960’s as a way to protect a building envelope. 

Building efficiencies and costs are seen as more manageable now, so more owners are choosing rainscreen. Aesthetics and function combine in this design option.

Here, KieranTimberlake’s Yale Art Gallery and their full rework of Sidwell School  both utilize reclaimed red cedar tank wood for the cladding and the rain screen.

At Sidwell, some rainscreen doubles as  solar screen to reduce energy costs and incoming glare. The projects required 50,000 board feet of the rare material.