The Cork House by Arquitectos Anónimos (Photos)

cork house portugal photo

Image Credit: Ivo Canelas
Cork has fascinated me for a long time; it's fully renewable and you don't even have to cut the whole tree, it's biodegradable and has curious characteristic such as insulating and shock absorbance. I came across many ugly designs but a few became favourite design products of mine, such as Morrison's stool, or Ryan Frank's laptop sleeves. I even had a go at using cork myself to design some bulletin boards. Now I am surprised to see that cork cannot only be used inside our homes and offices, but also on the outside! The Cork House in Esposende, Portugal, designed by Arquitectos Anónimos and Paulo Teodósis, uses cork panels to cover the facades of the house.
cork house windows photo

Image Credit: Ivo Canelas

In a country that produces about half the cork used worldwide, it is a fairly cheap material to use, as well as eco-friendly, water-proof and insulating. The only surface not covered in cork are the windows facing the morning sun, so I guess this saves the house from having to be painted every few years. Arquitectos Anónimos admit that it is not the most common material used to cover the facades of houses, but in this case it proofed to be the right one. The house was finished in 2007 and still looks good. The cork panels ended up being a low cost and practical solution to protect the house. Now, we should think of using this material to our advantage in way it also looks good...

cork house facade photo

Image Credit: Ivo Canelas
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