As part of a multi-year research and design process, the homeowner, in collaboration with Moontower, commissioned and built a studio for his family to explore what happens if the climate is put first when designing a home.  

The result: a two-bed, two-bath home built entirely from plant-based materials, resulting in zero carbon emissions. The experimental structure, built of cross-laminated timber panels and thermally modified cork is unconventional, naturally. It looks different, it smells different, sounds different—carpenters even say the sawdust tastes different!  

See what a home can be with no concrete above grade, no gypsum wallboard, no cementitious siding, stucco, or mortar, and no petroleum-based insulation. The Cross Cabin is a laboratory for change that is transforming the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and naturally built environment.