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CORKwall ® EP

Townhouse

Slopes of the Douro / Portugal

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CORKwall ® EP
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Pavilion of Portugal 2010

Shanghai / China

designer: Carlos Couto
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Logoadega

Évora / Portugal

designer: PMC arquitectos
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University of Tokyo, Guest House

Tokyo / Japan

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Nezu Museum of Tokyo

Tokyo / Japan

designer: Kuma Kengo
AcoustiCORK ®

Park Towers Condominiums

Las Vegas / USA

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AcoustiCORK ®
AcoustiCORK ®

Subdivision of the Baroque

Aveiro / Portugal

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AcoustiCORK ®
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Ecocabana

Cascais / Portugal

designer: Barbini Arquitectos
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MDFachada
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Pavilion of Portugal 2010

Shanghai / China

designer: Carlos Couto
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MDFachada
testimony

"It's a pleasure to receive this award. It represents a recognition, and especially important is the material used in the construction of the pavilion, which has a lot to do with Portugal. "

Architect Carlos Couto of Portugal on the Pavilion of Expo 2010 Shanghai, fully lined with cork, awarded the Design Award

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World Hotel

Lisbon / Portugal

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AcoustiCORK ®
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Concrete Stand

Porto / Portugal

designer: Nuno Graça Moura
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Holy Family

Barcelona / Spain

designer: Jordi Bonet i Armengol
testimony

 

"I always felt the cork a great material, so that the idealized used in several works for me. Whenever I used cork had good results and economic point of view is also a very interesting option. I believe the solution and the resistance of the cork. Not rot, is antiseptic, comfortable to walk, has levels of thermal comfort far superior to marble, which avoids the need to install artificial heating. Moreover, as a project of this size the acoustics are important, do not hesitate to opt for cork. "Jordi Bonet i Armengol, arq. º responsible for the Holy Family

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Haagen Dazs Cafe

Istanbul / Turkey

designer: Mehmet Babali e Ragip Limoncu
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Green Point Stadium

Cape Town / South Africa

AcoustiCORK ®

Ant Yapi Antrium

Istanbul / Turkey

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AcoustiCORK ®
MDFachada

Quinta do Portal

Sabrosa / Portugal

designer: Alvaro Siza Vieira
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MDFachada

Jordi Bonet i Armengol

Architect in charge of Sagrada Família, of Barcelona

"I’ve always regarded cork as an excellent material and have used it in a number of projects designed by myself. Whenever I have used cork the results have been good, and it is also an interesting option from the economic perspective.

I believe in the effectiveness and resistance of cork. It does not rot, it is aseptic, it is comfortable to walk on, it offers far greater thermal  comfort than cold marble, making it unnecessary to install artificial heating. As acoustics are of extreme importance in a project of this scale, I did not hesitate to use cork."

Carlos Couto

Architect Carlos Couto speaking about the Portugal Pavilion, which is entirely covered with cork, which won a Design Award.

“It is a pleasure to receive this award. It represents an acknowledgement, and is particularly meaningful due to the material used in the construction of the pavilion, which is intimately connected with Portugal.”

Allen Hershkowitz

Senior Scientist of the Natural Resources Defense Council, USA

"Climate changes, global warming pollution is instigated as planet emergency. Deforestation causes   more global warming pollution that all cars, bus, trucks, planes and ships on earth combined. The wiping out of forests is the most consequential cause of biodiversity loss on this planet. The cork oak forests of the Mediterranean Region are biological rich, they are among the most biological rich forests on earth. The key thing about cork is that trees are not cut down.

Increasing people’s awareness of something as simple and small as the cork stopper will make them start to reflect on other environmental issues. Stripping cork oaks in a sustainable manner preserve jobs and discourages the use of fossil fuel-based alternatives.”

João Belo Rodeia

President of Portugal’s professional association for architects

"Cork has been used for many years as a building material in our architecture in a great diversity of applications. Cork’s physical and aesthetic properties are known to and recognized by many of our fellow association members. And most importantly perhaps, it is their acknowledgement of the added value of cork as a natural product in the broad framework of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability." 

Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate

Film producer and politician – UK

"Cork is produced by and for the welfare of a significant community in Europe. As humans, we have the obligation to ensure the survival and continuity of the life of these communities whenever and wherever possible, especially when it comes to a self-sustaining product. Cork is human.

It is part of us and we are part of it."

Siza Vieira

Architect – Portugal

"I have been working with cork for a long time. When I was designing the Portugal Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000, together with architect Souto Moura, studies were made on the use of cork for exterior coverings coating and in mixed cork and cement flooring.

We considered them both to be innovative and excellent uses, also in terms of colour and texture. Cork as an exterior covering was first used outdoors here and, since then, both we and other architects have used it. It is a natural material of unique properties.

Its use and research on its possibilities currently have very favourable prospects, regaining and enhancing the attractiveness it had decades ago."

Paul Morrison

Producer of the BBC documentary “Cork – forest in a bottle” – UK

"The cork oak forest is Portugal’s “rainforest” and one of the most important habitats in Europe. It preserves an ancient rural culture that coexists perfectly with nature, but which will only survive if cork maintains its value as an international product.

Everyone should visit the cork oak forest, awaken their senses and absorb the surroundings."

Candice Olson

Designer

"Cork flooring is really the perfect choice for a Client that is looking for beauty, comfort, durability and sustainability.

It is one of the few floorings that you can say is 100% sustainable. I love its versatility. It’s soft, comfortable, warm, hypoallergenic, mildew resistant, waterproof, and has insulating properties, especially for noise. Therefore, it can be used in any room. 

The variety of design options fascinates me. There is a wide range of colours, patterns, textures, endless possibilities... and no tree is cut down. On the contrary, the cork oak self-regenerates after stripping, which is done every nine years throughout its life, which can reach 250 years. It’s a sustainable history!"

Daniel Michalik

Furniture designer – USA

"I started using cork in 2003 and discovered that this amazing material had great potential. It is easy to clean, healthy, natural, warm and beautiful. Moreover, people are becoming increasingly attentive to natural materials and growing weary of shiny plastic. And cork is perfect! It is totally non-toxic, mildew resistant and waterproof.

I’m interested in different models of material resource use and production. The way to do this is to reconsider the natural resources we use and how we process them. I believe that cork is a great model and contributes to a healthier environment."

Francisco Almeida Garrett

Cork producer - Portugal

"The cork sector generates jobs, income and regional and local stability. The unique Mediterranean ecosystem of the cork oak forest is highly valuable in terms of biodiversity. 

The cork stopper generates 70% of the value added, but only 30% to 40% of the raw material can be used for this purpose (…). It is up to us to develop and promote new uses for cork and exploit all the potential advantages of the cork oak forest, in order to ensure economic and ecological sustainability."