We always thought straw-bale houses were a rural thing, what with all the...straw. Turns out this energy-efficient construction type is not just made for the country...
posted originally from: AT:Chicago
The R40 House (named for its walls' R-value) is located right in downtown Montreal. Designed (and inhabited) by architect Julia Bourke, the straw bale construction offers great thermal insulation, making it ideal for cold climates.
We love that the walls are homogenous - straw all the way through with a parged finish on both interior and exterior faces. The finish is soft and imperfect. Read more about the project at Low Impact Housing and Julia Bourke Architecture.