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Cork House

Matthew Barnett Howland in collaboration with Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Bath, Amorim UK and Ty-Mawr have been developing a renewable, resistant and insulating material that can be used for sustainable construction harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. This year their project titled ‘Cork House’ located in the undergrowth beside the River Thames in Berkshire, England has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize - the UK's most prestigious architecture award. The structure relies on expanded cork blocks to form a solid building material by interlocking joints of parts that can be used to self-build solid walls. The home is made from 1,268 cork blocks comprising of five volumes topped by pyramid-like skylights and supported by engineered timber. It provides structure, insulation, external surface and internal finishing making it an easily recyclable and reusable structure. Cork House's interiors are dressed structural beams, lintels, windows, and doors made from black-stained Accoya wood teamed with solid brass fittings.

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