Cork House, Eton

A noble, momentous model to aspire to

Cork House, Eton.
Cork House, Eton. Credit: Ricky Jones

Stirling Prize shortlisted, National Award, South RIBA Regional Award 2019

Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton (assisted by M&P London Contractors Ltd) for Matthew Barnett Howland + Dido Milne 
GIA: 44m²
Contract value: Undisclosed
 
An ingenious home with solid structural cork walls and roof within the curtilage of a 19th century grade II listed mill house. Prefabricated cork blocks and engineered timber components can be reused or recycled. The expanded cork blocks were made using by-products and waste from forestry and the cork stopper industry, while the whole house is ‘designed for disassembly’ and can be reconstructed by hand. The collaborative team included The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and other academic and research bodies. The materials give a sense of tranquillity and warmth. This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project: a noble, momentous model to aspire to.
 
Regional Sustainability Award, sponsored by Michelmersh
 
  • Cork House, Eton.
    Cork House, Eton. Credit: Ricky Jones
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    Cork House, Eton. Credit: Magnus Dennis
  • Cork House, Eton.
    Cork House, Eton. Credit: Ricky Jones
  • Cork House, Eton.
    Cork House, Eton. Credit: Ricky Jones
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