An Architecture Inspired by Hemp

Director of Modece Architects Ltd, Matthew Bell, delivered a lecture to the Franco-British Union of Architects (FBUA) at their annual meeting, this year held in Plymouth, UK. The lecture explored the results of a three month study into the affect of the construction material hemp-lime on the design of buildings in France through history.

The study revealed that the material has altered the method of construction and some technical details but has had little affect on architectural design. The report raises questions to whether hemp-lime is being used to its greatest potential or if it currently limited to the constraints of traditional construction methods that support and frame it.