In an attempt to demonstrate the range of ways sustainable, environmentally friendly homes can be built, a group of architects have created a fully livable home using corks.
Yes, this home, nestled on the banks of the River Thames, has been built using corks, in response to the architecture industry’s impact on biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and the over reliance on single-use materials.
The impressive house has been shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize, and was designed by architects Matthew Barnett Howland along with help from Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton.
The unique abode comprises of five large pyramid looking hives, which act as skylights, and is constructed from sustainability-sourced cork blocks supported by timber components.
The cork blocks are made from heated cork granules whichare moulded to form a solid building material.
The blocks are then cut, each with interlocking joints, to form lego-like bricks which are then stacked on top of each other to create the home.
The core principle of the concept is to illustrate the potential alternatives to today’s ubiquitous harmful building materials. The home also shows how easily a future buildings made from cork can be easily dismantled, reused, or recycled.
The cork house is the latest design from the Howland architecture firm’s research project in collaboration with Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Bath, Amorim UK and Ty-Mawr.
The project has been in search of more sustainable constriction methods that depend exclusively on cork.
To view the complete house, or learn more about alternative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly house building techniques, visit Howland online.