ETON, UNITED KINGDOM
The cork is a fantastic thermal and acoustic insulator that is occasionally used as decoration and exceptionally building material. That is why the Cork House project, a house made entirely of materials of plant origin and with cork, is the main surprise of the project.
The Cork House is built of solid cork blocks developed after years of research, and during which has proven its resilience to weather events. The blocks are interconnected, without any external material joining them. The result is a house with zero CO2 emissions2 and made from a regenerating plant material that can be completely reused.
The project, developed by architects Matthew Barnett, Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, has won up to 10 architecture and design awards and accolades. Notable among them was the finalist for the prestigious Stirling Award 2019, which selects the best buildings in the UK.