When the raw material is this beautiful, why would you cover it up? Architects Leland Dadson and Yvonne Popovska of DPo Architecture chose cross-laminated timber (CLT) for the structure of this Vancouver home for its sustainability, but the wood itself made such a bold visual impact that she decided to skip the drywall and let the material shine.

Pair the floor and ceiling panelling with a matching wood table (designed by Popovska and milled, constructed and finished by the owners, a spirited couple in their 70s) and you’ve got a textured-but-neutral backdrop for a vibrant painting from Vancouver artist Brixton Neufeld, sourced on the Eastside Culture Crawl. “The space feels warm, even on grey rainy days,” says Popovska.

xGrant Harder