Cedar has been used as a building material for centuries due to its inherent properties that make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar also shrinks or warps less than most other woods. It has a high thermal insulating capacity as well as being sound resistant. Cedar has a long life span and requires less maintenance — both valuable characteristics in wood construction.
In the US, we most often see cedar used in architecture in the northeast where hard winters make it a good choice for exteriors. Cape Cod and New England are well known for their use of cedar shingles and cedar siding.
Cedar is a pine and has many different species that grow in damp areas all of the world. Its natural patina ranges from a rich red to a soft grey. One can lock in any shade of these colors with sealants.
For all these qualities, this time-tested material continues to be well used in modern design, such as in the buildings below.