Gallery: Awesome Portuguese House Has an Entirely Cork-Clad Exterior

 
We knew we hit the renewable resource jackpot when we stumbled upon this quirky and corky home in Northern Portugal, whose facade is almost completely covered with cork blocks. Like, cork you could pin your grocery list to. We dig it - cork is a renewable resource, it's impermeable, heck it's even buoyant, so it actually makes a lot of sense to use it as a cladding material for a house. Although, in most parts of the world, using this much cork would probably put you on notice, but since it's located in Portugal, harvester of 50% of the world's cork material, we'll let it slide since it's sourced locally.

The Cork House is a simple, rectangular block with a pitched roof, and is clad almost completely with cork blocks, except for the windows and corrugated metal covers over the garage. The home’s owners hired Arquitectos Anónimos® to design and build a home that would be private from the surrounding neighbors in Esposende. Built into the hillside, the six-room home has two entrances – one on the ground floor and another on the first. The dining, living and kitchen are on the first floor and a lofted group of bedrooms are located on the second.

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  1. Andrew Michler January 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Cork as siding? Works for the trees… brilliant.

  2. juroch January 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    great exterior, hideous interior. Florescent lights? Chain-link stair-rails? Are we back in the 90s?

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