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.