cibicworkshop: cultivating a house
nov 01, 2012
cibicworkshop: cultivating a house


‘cultivating a house’ by cibicworkshop
hemp and iron frame houses

presented at MADE expo 2012, the full-scale installation by milano-based cibicworkshop consists of two houses
built with innovative solutions: the technology of hemp and the dry construction system supported by metal frames.
with the reflection on construction materials with a low carbon footprint being the main aspect of the company’s
experimental research, the first home made from hemp represents the exploration of contemporary architectural
construction with the use of natural materials. originally a key element in italian agricultural history, the plant provided
new economies within the region with the latest environmental and energy-performing requirements.


cultivating a house: hemp house

the secondary conception is realized with a dry construction system in a metal frame formation, which juxtaposes
a technical solution which merges constructive – energetic performance with a radically reduced builiding time.
it ultimately allows the utilization of traditional materials in a new way obtaining a completely recyclable,
solid and anti-seismic building.


left: hemp fields in front of a hemp house
right: iron frame house


cultivating a house: hemp wall and red concrete



cultivating a house: hemp fields in front of a hemp house


cultivating a house: iron frame house interior


cultivating a house: iron frame house interior


cultivating a house: natural resin bathroom


cultivating a house: materials and energy solutions diagram


cultivating a house: energy performance in different climate regions

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