I am a fan of things that work. I am also a fan of the creative. If a building can be both functional and "fresh", this is good news. If not, I choose what works.
In recent years, some buildings have been clad with flush horizontal wood siding. There is no overlap between the boards. As soon as I saw this type of facade, I felt nervous.
There is a reason for shingles and other types of overlapping wood siding, which is the ability to shed water. Unless one is in a location without any precipitation, wood siding that does not overlap invites water into the building envelop. What ensues, you can see in the images to the left, and this in a building only a few years old.