Atlantic White Cedar – chamaecyparis thyoides
AWC grows in swampy areas and has almost white, thin sapwood and tan heartwood with numerous small knots. It grows from Maine down to Florida and west to Louisiana, reaching inland a couple of hundred miles. Swampy areas are where it grows, explaining its resistance to insects, rot, decay and weather.
AWC was prized by natives for medicine and canoe-making for thousands of years, and its cousin Northern White Cedar is also called Arborvitae (Tree of Life).
Used in architectural design for centuries, it weathers to an iconic silvery gray when left unfinished. AWC is light yet strong, and mills well for custom profiles that can distinguish a project, as seen here.
From classic clapboard to smooth tongue and groove and more, AWC offers a lot to designers in beauty and strength.
Thanks to the natural weather resistance of AWC, siding volumes can change to create intriguing surfaces that maintain the envelope’s integrity.
The siding on this Brooklyn home has a unique look created by Barker Freeman Design Office. Their principal architect has worked with us since last century on a range of beautiful projects that stand out.
Think about what you could develop for a distinct look and talk to us about your ideas. We’re happy to listen and to help you achieve your vision. Give a call.
These are creations and renovations from architects that love the wood and the ability to create large and smaller expanse with different forms and finishes.
Our design clients have built with AWC by the sea, on the river, in the desert and around the city, residential and commercial. We look forward to visiting.