Studio Bark Builds "Fully Biodegradable and Recyclable" Cork Building

  • 2018-12-21
  • Dezeen

The Cork Studio, a garden building made almost entirely out of cork, has been constructed by Studio Bark as a building prototype that can be completely recycled, reused or composted.

To challenge the architecture industry's dependence on "unhealthy single-use materials", London-based architects Studio Bark sought to demonstrate how one eco-friendly material can could be used to form an entire building envelope.

Following a series of experiments that tested water, fire and degradation resistance, Studio Bark chose to work with cork – a strong, durable material that is sustainably harvested directly from the bark of the Cork Oak tree.

The granules were turned into solid blocks through a heating process, which triggers them to expand and release a natural resin that binds them together. Following this the blocks were cut into desired slab sizes, and joined on site.