It is not surprising that Kaap Skil, the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum, on the island of Texel, in the Netherlands, has been nominated for the Wood Architecture Award 2012.
Mecanoo, the designers, used wood in its façade, acting in part at least as a sun shade. It is also a good example of recycling as the timber was recovered from hardwood sheet piles used in the North Holland Canal.
After sawing, some 10KM of boarding was produced, and might well last for another 25 years or more on the building.
Being under water for 25 years has imparted a lovely patina of colour into the timber which has been carefully shown-off in the way the architects have used it. It can be appreciated from the exterior and interior.