Philadelphia's POP Project

An environmentally-friendly real estate developer is nearly finished two quirky, or better yet... corky, homes in Philadelphia that are the first of their kind in the United States.

Located in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, the Pop Project is two 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath buildings which boast a unique cork façade, which also acts as insulation for the nearly 2,000-square-foot houses. It is a natural product that is carbon negative, meaning it actually reduces the level of carbon being used in the world.

Architecture firm Orange Concept did not include the façade on the ground floor's exterior to avoid damage from passers-by. Cork, which can sustain wind, rain and other natural elements, creates a stronger sound barrier than more commonly used materials and reduces heating and cooling costs since it super insulates the homes.