The pros and cons of a ply-lined interior

Katie Newton – The winner of last year’s ADNZ Supreme Award, was two adjoining houses that had ply throughout the interior. The space was designed by Mitchell Coll of Coll Architecture

Anyone who reads home and architecture magazines will have noticed the explosion of plywood-lined interiors.

No longer just reserved for lining the garage or the garden shed, ply has become the modern material of choice for those looking for an alternative to traditional plasterboard. 

But why exactly is it so popular?

Ply has a low-key, back-to-nature feel. This Bethells Beach beach was designed by Herbst Architects.
JACKIE MEIRINGPly has a low-key, back-to-nature feel. This Bethells Beach beach was designed by Herbst Architects.

Words like ‘warm’, ‘natural’ and ‘simple’ crop up when talking to its fans, as do its associations with the (also very fashionable) Modernist movement.

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