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Could Cork Be Nature’s Answer to Our Environmental and Construction Needs?

09:30 - 16 December, 2017
Could Cork Be Nature’s Answer to Our Environmental and Construction Needs? , © Wai Ming Ng
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Unbeknown to many, cork is something of a dark horse when it comes to the environment—a model of a sustainable industry and building material. By its very nature, cork is both recyclable and renewable, as it is the only tree that regenerates its bark, while harvesting that bark causes the tree no harm.

Cork has been sneaking its way into our buildings for many years now; due to its hard-wearing properties it can be found, for example, in the checkerboard flooring of the Library of Congress. Even NASA has been wise to cork's light weight and insulation capacity, using it as an insulator for their space shuttles.

Cork House / Arquitectos Anonimos + Paulo Teodósio

00:00 - 16 August, 2009
Cork House / Arquitectos Anonimos + Paulo Teodósio, © Ivo Canelas
© Ivo Canelas

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  • Architects

     Arquitectos Anónimo and Paulo Teodósio
  • Location

    Esposende, Portugal
  • Category

  • Structural Consultant

    Ricardo Fonseca, Luís Fernandes and Luís Gonçalves
  • Client

    Maria Helena Ramos
  • Start Of Planning

    2004
  • Start Of Construction

    2005
  • Site area

    8,900 sqm
  • Built-up area

    288 sqm
  • Area

    157.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
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