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“Inhabitable Sculpture” is a work of art made of natural cork designed by architect Miguel Arruda and supported by Amorim Cork Composites.

“Inhabitable Sculpture” is a work of art made of natural cork designed by architect Miguel Arruda and supported by Amorim Cork Composites. The piece can be visited at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon until the end of October.
The “Inhabitable Sculpture” exhibition was created as part of the “CCB Fora de Si” (CCB Inside Out) initiative within the 2010 Art Biennial, a project associated with Lisbon’s Architecture Triennial.
Visitors to the CCB found in the Olive Tree Garden an attractive structure around 5 metres tall, the implementation of an artistic concept connected to nature and sustainability, perfectly blended with the surrounding environment.
The structure is arousing intense curiosity in visitors to the CCB, and both adults and children are unable to resist the temptation to touch the material covering it - natural cork. In addition to its appeal in terms of form and appearance, visitors can actually go into the structure, which offers unique sensory experiences.
Architect Miguel Arruda concentrated on creating a work of art with a certain degree of habitability, and cork presented itself as the natural raw material with which to achieve the desired effect.
As well as the outer covering of cork, the flooring chosen for the structure is Fibricork, a 100% green product from Amorim Cork Composites which was the finishing touch completing the concept created by the artist behind this project.
“Considering the aspect of opacity, cork is the most suitable material for the “Inhabitable Sculpture” given the temperature brought about by its inner and outer coverings. Indeed, the physical properties of the outer bark and smooth inner surface provide a unique interpretation of what we can regard as exterior and interior space in architecture” highlights Miguel Arruda.
This project once again embodies the strategic position of cork as a covering solution, associated with innovation and in harmony with nature.