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The Brompton Cafe has a light-stained plywood baffle ceiling. Architect: Craig Tan Architects. Photography: Eve Wilson.

Humble plywood taken to the next level

Traditionally used as a basic lining material, Ecoply plywood is inspiring architects to treat the material with more respect, encouraging innovative use, and the results are amazing.

In the Brompton Cafe by Craig Tan Architects, a light-stained plywood baffle ceiling gives the effect of clouds floating across the sky in a space that is, essentially, a rectangular box.

Plywood provides an intimacy and lightness, creating a space that you want to be in.