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The Cork Studio




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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 for a building. With this project Studio Bark aimed to see whether cork could be used as the primary structure. Thus it aimed to create a ‘solid cork’ building and to eliminate the need for frames, linings, glues, tapes, breather membranes and wet trades. The result is a robust, low-cost ecological building which is almost entirely biodegradable and zero-waste.

The Cork Studio intended to provide a demonstration of how cork could be used in practice. Consequently, it is a self-funded and self-built the prototype by Studio Bark as a low-budget research project.

The documented process can be read here.

The report contains a description of the entire construction process, costs, and links to suppliers. We have published this information in order to enable others to benefit from the techniques. The report is provided on the condition that Studio Bark is credited and that you send us a link to your page/social media etc so that the collective knowledge pool can grow.

If you are planning your own cork project and would like some design support from us, please contact


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