A tiny beach shack in Essex wrapped in "magic" cork panels
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Cork is a "magic" material that is "stable, durable, insulating, breathable but not water permeable, inflammable and resistant to fungal and animal attack," according to the UK-based architect Lisa Shell. Commissioned to design a small beach house for a flood-prone plot on the edge of Essex, it is no wonder she chose cross-laminated timber (CLT) and cork as her main building materials. The artist couple who commissioned the design, which replaces a "dilapidated timber framed 1920s beach house",...