It is possible to see that hemp is an extremely versatile material which is used for many different functions. However, modern hemp products require the hemp plant to be processed into refined materials. The following theory questions the validity of this, exploring the potential of hemp in its most natural state, as a stalk.
We are currently developing hemp composites to be used in a variety of construction applications. This page is a sneak peek into the exciting innovations to come.
This page shows the analysis, design and experiments that were carried out to explore the potential of combining lime-hemp with a hemp stalk frame, to create a complete walling system which overcomes the inherent shortcomings of each material.
As part of Hemp Architecture's goal for design led research and innovation we work closely with design specialists. For building projects we collaborate with Modece Architects, an award winning architects practice established in 1985 by Ralph Carpenter and Richard Scales.
A library of architecture and buildings made with hemp. Hemp-lime is now a standard material in the construction industry in Europe and is starting to catch on across the world. It offers a fully sealed building envelope which breaths and mediates the internal temperature and humidity levels. It is a completely natural building material as hemp is grown as an agricultural crop and lime is a rock dug from quarries.
The versatility of hemp can be seen in the wide range of products made from its seed, fibre, shiv and leaf stock. Hemp’s main application within the construction industry is lime-hemp. What follows is a description of the materials involved and the methods used within its construction.
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Our work is heavily based on design, as we endeavour to develop a new architectural language which is literally defined by the characteristics and limitation of the materials.
As part of this we are developing new materials, construction elements, building methods and architectural styles derived from hemp and other similar materials.