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Modern Oak

Ask anyone to name a hardwood, and it’s a safe bet they’ll reply, “Oak.” There are good reasons for this. Of the more than 600 extant species of oak found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, 90 are native to the United States, making the hardy, attractive, and plentiful wood familiar to every American. We’ve been using it for furniture, flooring, paneling, and building ever since the days of the Pilgrims; it’s even the country’s National Tree. If America’s longtime relationship with oak continues to flourish, it’s because today’s architects, designers, and homeowners are constantly finding fresh, inventive ways to use it in contemporary settings. Here are three modern projects that lend a decidedly 21st-century vibe to the venerable hardwood.

In an Austin, Texas, residence, New York architect Ali Tayar specified white oak for the floors, moldings, ceiling-light diffusers, and kitchen cabinetry, which was custom made by Arete Kitchens. Photograph by Casey Dunn

In an Austin, Texas, residence, New York architect Ali Tayar specified white oak for the floors, moldings, ceiling-light diffusers, and kitchen cabinetry, which was custom made by Arete Kitchens. Photograph by Casey Dunn

 

 

Among the late New York City–based architect Ali Tayar’s last projects was a large house in Austin, Texas. Having previously designed a Manhattan loft for the same client, Tayar injected some snappy Big-Apple attitude into the sprawling residence’s laid-back, Lone-Star-State sensibility. Drawing inspiration from the oak-studded Texas landscape, Tayar specified rift-sawn white oak flooring throughout the house. He used the same wood for paneling, built-ins, staircases, trims and moldings, and the custom Arete kitchen cabinetry—the last a minimalist floor-to-ceiling grid of honey-color wood juxtaposed with gleaming stainless-steel appliances and soft-gray marble countertops. The finishing touch: the ceiling lighting’s gridded egg-crate diffusers are made of—what else?—oak.

 

 

Ebony-stained oak bookshelves and wall and ceiling paneling contrast with the white epoxy resin floor in the library area of a Hollywood Hills residence renovated by Griffin Enright Architects. Photograph by Benny Chan, Fotoworks

Ebony-stained oak bookshelves and wall and ceiling paneling contrast with the white epoxy resin floor in the library area of a Hollywood Hills residence renovated by Griffin Enright Architects. Photograph by Benny Chan, Fotoworks

 

 

 

Oak takes dark stain very successfully, as is demonstrated in a Hollywood Hills, California residence renovated by Griffin Enright Architects. The project includes a new stair that ascends a half-flight through a raised library area to a landing with a glass wall that opens onto the backyard. The library, a platform at one end of the living area, is demarcated from its surroundings by a materials inversion: the living area has ebony-stained oak floors and a white ceiling, while the elevated library has a white epoxy resin floor and ebony-stained oak bookshelves, walls, and ceiling. The contrasting palette helps create a sequester spot for reading, while a dynamic note is supplied by the stair, which has fumed micro maple treads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unstained white oak flooring and alder plank walls create a warm cocoon around the fireplace in an Oakland, California living room renovated by Burton Architecture. Photograph by Cesar Rubio

Unstained white oak flooring and alder plank walls create a warm cocoon around the fireplace in an Oakland, California living room renovated by Burton Architecture. Photograph by Cesar Rubio

 

 

 

Oak plays well with other hardwoods, as Alameda, California–based Burton Architecture shows in the living area of an Oakland residence they recently renovated. Having specified 2¼-inch-wide white oak strips for the floor, which they did not stain but gave a clear urethane finish, the designers chose to clad the walls with planks of unstained alder—a wood with similar honey-blond coloring to the white oak flooring but with less figuration. This mix-and-match strategy gives the room an enveloping, cocoon-like feeling. The mood is further enhanced by the clean-lined fireplace, which has a soft-blue ceramic tile surround and an imposing hearth in the form of a bench-size slab of white Caesarstone. The whole composition is elegant and modern yet warm and welcoming. What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arete European Kitchens
700 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703
aretekitchens.com

Griffin Enright Architects
12468 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066
griffinenrightarchitects.com

Burton Architecture
1913 Broadway, Suite A
Alameda, CA 94501
burtonarchitect.com

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle recently moved “to reintroduce the Timber Innovation Act – bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material.”

  • “Building with wood benefits both rural economies and the environment, and using wood for construction reduces pollution and incentivizes private landowners to keep their land forested, rather than selling it to developers.” (S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • “There is enormous potential for mass timber and the Timber Innovation Act takes an important step forward to advance this new technology. While wood is one of the oldest building materials around, new technology utilizing engineered mass timber panels and wood-based building systems creates new possibilities for wood construction.” (Adrian Blocker, Weyerhaeuser senior vice president of wood products)
  • “Healthy, well-managed forests can provide important habitat for wildlife, restore watershed health, and help store carbon. By supporting the development of new markets for saw timber, we will help landowners keep their forests as forests, while avoiding global warming pollution from conventional building materials.” (Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation)
  • “Advancing tall wood building construction through the Timber Innovation Act is a win for working families and our environment. Encouraging the use of green building materials, instead of building materials dependent on fossil fuels, reduces greenhouse gases, creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.” (S. Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01)

“The legislation will accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, focusing on the construction of buildings over 85 feet in height.” To learn more, click here.

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Did you know the word sycamore comes from the Greek ‘sukon,’ meaning ‘fig,’ and the Green ‘moron,’ meaning ‘mulberry.’

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