The Bartlett School of Architecture


Cork House Wins the 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize

14 October 2019

Cork House, designed by Bartlett architects, has been awarded the RIBA 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best building under £1m.

Cork House exterior

Located in Eton, Berkshire, Cork House was designed by Bartlett School of Architecture alumnus Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, The Bartlett’s Director of Technology and Lecturer in Environmental Design.

Cork House is the first building in the UK to be made of a simple new form of solid cork and timber construction. Its walls and roof are made of giant dry jointed interlocking blocks of expanded cork, a pure plant-based material with a unique ecological origin.

Find out more about Cork House in this short film by Kirsten Dirksen, featuring Oliver Wilton.

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The Stephen Lawrence Prize rewards new, experimental architectural talent, celebrating projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million. The £5,000 prize has been sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation since it was first awarded in 1998, in memory of Stephen Lawrence.

Cork House is a unique fusion of ancient construction methods and cutting-edge technical research to produce a highly innovative, low carbon solution with a wide variety of applications from mass housing to emergency shelters. We are delighted to present Matthew Barnett Howland, Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton with the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Marco Goldschmied, Stephen Lawrence Prize founder

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Image: Photography by Ricky Jones