I have fallen in love with cornwood sheds. For those that dont know what that is, its small logs with bark removed, logs that would otherwise be used for firewood. The longer the log the better insulation. The wood is held together with mortar. The mortar is insulated with sawdust or foam insulation mixed into it.
One of the most beautiful cordwood homes in North America was built by Sandy Clidaras of Quebec, Canada. Sandy built this home on a lake with neighborhood building covenants (rules and regulations). It has some amazingly unique attributes. Sandy blogs about his building adventures at the cordsteadblogspot. He also wrote excellent articles for the Cordwood Conference Papers 2005 & 2011. www.cordwoodconstruction.org
Kalamazoo College’s newest building, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, is being built with log “bricks” laid with their circular ends showing, not stacked lengthwise, as you’d see on a typical log home. This one-of-a-kind cordwood masonry skin is being applied to this one-of-a-kind 10,000-square-foot building on the corner of Academy and Monroe streets designed by Chicago-based architectural firm Studio Gang Architects.