If you’re looking for regenerative products, below are nine examples to help inspire you.
1. Parabola Architects: Embodying Google's Design
Who says technology and nature don’t go together? Parabola Architects used Bark House Poplar Bark Panels at the Google office in Sunnyvale, Calif., to achieve beauty in simplicity and bring the outdoors inside for engineers to enjoy.
Project: Large Tech Company
Architect/Project Lead Designer: Parabola Architects
Design-Build Contractor: Devcon Construction Inc.
Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels
Location: Google office, Sunnyvale, Calif.,
Project Vision: Parabola incorporated regenerative materials through the use of large, monolithic Bark House® bark wall covering that was also a part of the architect's strategy to achieve a LEED Platinum Certification for the building. According to the Parabola website: “Embodying Google's design principles of beauty and simplicity, 1212 Bordeaux is designed to inspire and empower Googlers, while supporting the long-term health and vitality of the community and environment.”
2. David Jameson: Skin Deep Luxury
You won’t easily forget the luxury space inside the boutique dermatology and plastic surgery clinic of Drs. Noelle Sherber and Ariel Rad of Sherber + Rad. The project has been lauded by both Architectural Record and DC Modern Luxury Magazine, and also won the AIA Virginia/Washington, DC Award of Merit in Commercial Interiors.
Project: Boutique Clinic
Architect/Project Lead Designer: Architect David Jameson, AIA
Design-Build Contractor: General Contractor, Madden CCI, LLC
Product: Bark House® Rough Poplar Bark Panels
Location: Dermatology and plastic surgery clinic of Drs. Noelle Sherber and Ariel Rad of Sherber + Rad, Washington, D.C.
Project Vision: Inspired by the structure of a tree, the interior features a progression of spaces wrapped in materials including rough poplar bark panels and smooth bronze. Some of the bark still has lichen attached or knots where branches used to be, highlighting natural variations in color, texture, and size.
And you can be sure that these poplar panels support sustainable efforts — the bark is the world’s first and only product to have achieved a Cradle to Cradle® Platinum Level Certification (2017 – 2018) Gold (2007 – 2017), a certification awarded for the material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness qualities.
3. Carney Logan Burke Architects: Riverbend Residence
Architectural Record has also featured Carney Logan Burke Architects' Riverbend residence, which used personalized touches like Bark House’s sanded poplar bark panels inside the home to create “strong connections to the world beyond its walls.”
Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels
Architect: Carney Logan Burke
Custom Millwork: Poliform, Western Woodworks, Brandner Design, Willow Creek Woodworks
Bark House Distributor: Earth Elements
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Project Vision: From Architectural Record: “In a valley rife with the trappings of National Park–inspired design, the architects [imbued] their work with their own interpretations of what the West has to offer. With the Riverbend Residence, the team has effectively captured this spirit with a straightforward formal solution and restrained use of materials ‘rendered in a palette intended to weather and blend with the environs over time,’” says Logan
Poplar panels are 100% sourced and made in the U.S.
4. Larry Kearns: Childcare Center Design
gb&d Magazine highlighted the University of Chicago’s Childcare Center, which uses poplar bark shingles on the exterior and interior of the center, inviting children and adults to come up and experience nature up close.
Project: University Childcare Center
Architect/Project Lead Designer: Larry Kearns, AIA, Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects
General Contractor: Leopardo Companies
Product: Poplar Bark Shingles, Laminated
Location: University of Chicago, Childcare Center
Project Vision: "This project centers around children. “How best to nurture a child with real things they can touch, feel the texture, the depth, the honesty of the raw material?" said our own Chris McCurry. Kearns agreed, telling gb&d Magazine that people “always want to come up and touch it.”
The LEED Gold-certified Childcare Center has won several awards, including:
2014 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award
5. Paul Lamb Architects: Harmonizing Nature with Industry
Personal expression finds a voice in a West Austin, Texas, home, which complements colder concrete, white macaubas quartzite, and brass hardware with lichen-speckled poplar tree bark. The beautiful harmony of industrial with natural earned this homeowner a feature in Architectural Digest.
Product: Bark House® Poplar Bark Panels and Tiles
Architects: Paul Lamb and Ted Young of Paul Lamb Architects
Interior Designer: Jennifer Vaughn Miller of Vaughn Miller Studio
Builder: Crowell Builders
Location: West Austin, Texas
Project Vision: A key aspect of regenerative design is to support the client to express their authentic voice. This is just what was done for the owner of this home, Suzanne McFayden. “As a black woman and as a divorced woman, I feel like I’m finally carving out room for myself in the world. Doing this house helped me reclaim my voice,” said McFayden, a Jamaican-born writer and philanthropist. The architects injected the space with a mix of unexpected materials, including poplar bark, which is a reclaimed waste product of the logging industry. These materials, in Lamb’s words, “emphasized the raw and evocative power of the concrete shell, sometimes riffing on its roughness, sometimes contrasting it.”
6. Reader & Swartz Architects: River Living
An ultra-modern home in Shenandoah River, Va., uses poplar touches and floor-to-ceiling windows beautifully to connect the interior to the greenery-filled river view outside.
Architect: Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Location: Shenandoah River, VA
Project Vision: Connecting people to nature is a core mission of Bark House. This vision aligned with that of the architect, who designed this home for the client to be able to enjoy the river nearby and spend time with family. Exterior materials consist of wavy edge, horizontal cedar siding, vertical cedar siding, corrugated Corten siding, Bark House® poplar bark shingles (which are a reclaimed waste product of the logging industry), and a standing seam metal roof.
7. EDG Design: Luxury Dining in Aspen
High Life magazine noted that “not only does the menu resonate with a mountain lifestyle, but the remodel does, as well.” A black and white wall covering theme… “instill[s] a reverence of nature’s timeless beauty” and mirrors the area’s beautiful Aspen trees.
Project: Hotel Restaurant
Architect: EDG Design
Product: Bark House® White Birch Wall Coverings
Location: Aspen, Colo.
Project Vision: The WYLD Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch was designed by EDG Design with a white birch feature wall to mirror the aspen trees that fill the forests of, well, Aspen. White birch was used as a protective measure because aspen are noted by the USDA to be on the decline, a phenomenon known as “sudden aspen decline” (SAD).
8. BKA Architecture and Interiors: Nature in Retail
A Lululemon storefront in Albany, N.Y., uses white birch veneer panels to bring nature into the mall.
Project: Retail Storefront
Architect: BKA Architecture and Interiors
Products: The Bark House® at Highland Craftsmen Inc® White Birch Veneer Panels
Location: Albany, N.Y.
Project Vision: Visitors to the mall appreciate a fresh, natural look for the mall, with employees noting that people do a double-take to see if it's real. “Each store is rooted in the original mission to be a community hub where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living from yoga and diet to running and cycling as well as the mental aspects of living a powerful life of possibilities,” says the Lululemon website. Indeed, the white birch panels help bring the outdoors inside and foster greater health, not only among Lululemon clientele, but all visitors to the mall.
9. Altius Design Group: Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Flow
Being indoors feels like a walk through the forest.
Architect: Rich Graves, Principle Architect, Altius Design Group,
Builder: Malmquist Construction
Designer: Barb Cooke, Owner, Velvet Leaf Studio
Product: Bark House® White Pine Bark Wall Treatment
Location: Whitefish, Mont.
Project Vision: This private residence in Whitefish, Mont., features Bark House White Pine Bark Wall Treatment, used to pull the surrounding sky, mountains, and view of the local town flow into the interior and vice versa. Cooke then pulled everything together and made the interior flow to the exterior. White Pine is also available as a Rough Pine and Rough Pine Sanded & Lacquered bark wall covering.
This project reflects a Whole-Building™ philosophy, mobilizing investment in the built environment to improve the health and vitality of communities and nature to create whole-communities.
Designers, architects, builders, manufacturers and customers all have a role to play in creating stunning environments that support the life-enhancing qualities of ecosystems and are grounded in regenerative design. If you’re inspired by the examples above and want to use natural wood wall treatments and products that are 100% sourced and made in the USA with renewable energy, contact Bark House.