R40 House by Julia Bourke

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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…

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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.

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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.

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