Solar-powered farmhouse makes use of hemp throughout

Exterior of house with solar roof, wood-colored walls, and lots of windows.Oskar
Proctor

And it’s surprisingly chic

This zero-carbon house in Cambridgeshire, England, literally
comes from the land. Built on the 53-acre Margent Farm, the Flat
House takes advantage of the property’s biggest
resource—hemp.

London studio Practice Architecture
worked with the farm to design the house, which was constructed in
two days using prefabricated panels made from hempcrete, a mixture
of hemp and lime.

Kitchen with double-height ceiling and lots of windowsOskar
Proctor

The paneled facade of the house is clad in hemp-fiber tiles that
are bound with a sugar-based resin made from agricultural waste.
“The materials are breathable meaning they regulate the moisture
in the air, resisting damp and mould and leading to a healthier
environment and air quality,” the architects
told Dezeen
. The house also goes off-grid with a biomass boiler
and solar panels on the roof.

Inside, the hemp panels are left bare, framed by a timber
support system, which gives the walls a cool, neutral-toned
texture. Though the house is made from humble materials, it still
exudes an air of sophistication. The open-plan lower level has an
atmospheric double-height ceiling and a wall of windows light up
the dining area. Light timber stairs lead to a mezzanine and the
bedrooms.

Desk in upstairs mezzanine areaOskar
Proctor

Kitchen with yellow cabinetsOskar
Proctor
Close up of timber staircaseOskar
Proctor

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Solar-powered farmhouse makes use of hemp throughout