Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till will give the first public presentation of their much-heralded straw house project, which will start on site in May, in a free lecture at the Bartlett on 5 February.
The house and associated studio office in Islington, London use a system of walling incorporating ventilated straw bales, which went on show at Interbuild to public acclaim. The architects have submitted the idea as a Millennium Product. Other waste materials will be used in construction, while greywater recycled through reed beds and composting wcs will be used in an urban setting for the first time. The scheme includes a five- storey tower of books with a reading room at its top, which acts as a thermal flue. A protected larder pokes through the grassed roof and is naturally cooled.