Living Sustainably: The House Made of Cork and Straw

Living Sustainably: The House made of Cork and Straw

Have you ever dreamed of living in the Italian countryside? 


Cozied up in your simple, yet fully sustainable home, with exquisite views, overlooking a vast woodland?


Well, this dream is a reality for some, thanks to Milan-based architecture firm LCA Architetti (Luca Compri Architetti). Focusing on environmental sustainability and the use of renewable materials and resources, one of their most recent projects was to design exactly this dream house. 

The house is unique to say the least, as it made of cork, straw and timber.  


A nature lover’s dream, the house allows for sustainable living while remaining in close contact with nature. 


True to its name, The House of Wood, Straw and Cork, the building was created with natural and recyclable materials, such as a prefabricated timber structure, cork cladding, and straw for insulation. The cork that was used was harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, while the straw was acquired from rice plants that had been discarded by local farmers. 

The house is unique to say the least, as it made of cork, straw and timber.  


A nature lover’s dream, the house allows for sustainable living while remaining in close contact with nature. 

Photo via LCA Architetti

True to its name, The House of Wood, Straw and Cork, the building was created with natural and recyclable materials, such as a prefabricated timber structure, cork cladding, and straw for insulation. The cork that was used was harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, while the straw was acquired from rice plants that had been discarded by local farmers. 

AMPLE SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

With each cork panel having a wavy, textured finish, the cork cladding was designed to be the house’s focal point. Along with straw insulation, the thermally-efficient cork works to minimise the building’s energy demand. Taking it a step further, an air-source heat pump and multiple rooftop solar panels further reduce energy consumption and add to the environmentally-friendly nature of the home.

Photo via LCA Architetti

Comprising of a kitchen, a double-height living room, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, two studies, a laundry room and even a small gym, the house boasts ample space for sustainable living.

With each cork panel having a wavy, textured finish, the cork cladding was designed to be the house’s focal point. Along with straw insulation, the thermally-efficient cork works to minimise the building’s energy demand. Taking it a step further, an air-source heat pump and multiple rooftop solar panels further reduce energy consumption and add to the environmentally-friendly nature of the home.


Comprising of a kitchen, a double-height living room, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, two studies, a laundry room and even a small gym, the house boasts ample space for sustainable living.

Our success is determined by our sustainable growth within the fashion industry. We supply our customers with quality eco-fashion pieces, ensuring that each garment can be kept and restored to last a lifetime. In light of this, our New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 do not sway exorbitantly from our core values and actions that are already underway.

In order to celebrate the outside landscape and continue with the minimalistic feel, the house’s interior features natural materials such as marble, oak, wood, ceramics, and stone.  


In an interview with Dezeen, the architecture studio’s founder, Luca Compri, said:

"The house wanted to be born from the earth and have the colors of the earth, of the cultivated fields that surround it...the composition is deliberately simple and primitive, the model was the old barns still present in the area." 

Our success is determined by our sustainable growth within the fashion industry. We supply our customers with quality eco-fashion pieces, ensuring that each garment can be kept and restored to last a lifetime. In light of this, our New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 do not sway exorbitantly from our core values and actions that are already underway.

The simplistic design and finishings of the house work together to retain focus on the views outside. After all, what better views could you ask for than the pure beauty of the Italian countryside? 



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