Cork-coated floating house

A Dutch architectural design company realised the design of a floating house for a private client using a circular bio-based material.
The structure, made of wood left exposed in the interior, reflects the origami principle. Large spans allowed the use of fewer materials than standard constructions. The load-bearing structure was designed and optimised parametrically to achieve a reduction of over 2000 kg of timber for the walls and roof.
Cork was used for the covering to give the building a low carbon footprint compared to conventionally used materials.
The cladding consists of a low-density cork insulation layer and a high-density cork outer layer bonded by a layer of cork mortar, helping to provide comfort inside the house. All expanded cork modules are digitally designed and manufactured, cut with CNC machines.

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