Why did we build a solid cork building and why do we think it will catch on?
Cork is a common interior floor finish, and has even been used as external rainscreen cladding. The aim of this project was to see whether cork could be used as the primary structure as well, thus creating a ‘solid cork’ building, and eliminating the need for frames, linings, glues, tapes, breather membranes and wet trades. The cork studio was self-funded and self-built by Studio Bark as a low-budget research project. We intended to provide a demonstration of how cork could be used in practice, and whether it could provide a viable low-cost zero-waste method of building for others to use. In the following news post we have shared a description of the entire construction process, costs, and links to suppliers. If you do wish to use/refer to it, please credit Studio Bark and send us your link so that the collective knowledge pool can grow. Scroll down to read on or click here to see finished photos…
The bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber L) grows in Mediterranean regions, most particularly, in Portugal, where there are more than 720 thousand hectares of cork forests.
This bark – more commonly known as cork – has amazing qualities. It is strong, durable, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, and is resistant to fire, water and rot. The Cork Oak replaces its bark every 9 years, which means that it can be harvested without damaging the tree. The tree itself can live for up to 250 years.