Inside, the home is minimally furnished and simply decorated, giving off more of an office-like environment than a cozy home. As it would seem, the client was looking for something a little out of the ordinary, private and low-cost. Numerous windows on the east side to collect the morning sun, which is filtered through the aluminum shutters. One window on the south side provides views of the neighborhood, and just a few shaded windows on the west side keep the home from overheating in the afternoon.
Cork is certainly an unusual material to be used as a cladding, but at the same time also makes sense. With it being such a common material in Portugal, it is probably far less expensive than here in the US. Installed correctly over thermal and water barriers, it should effectively keep the rain out and even provide an extra layer of insulation. The home was completed in 2007 and is apparently still holding up quite well.
Via Daily Tonic
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