Earth – many of us see it as a rather primitive building material used for rural housing of third worlds areas. In fact mud brick and rammed or compressed earth, some of the world´s oldest and most applied building materials, are increasingly becoming the focus of modern architecture – not only for their ecological benefits but also for their efficient building insulation and climate control.
A representative example is the Redding Residence by the US architects of the Kendle Design Cooperative. Using the soil from the site as a primary building material the luxurious residence is discreetly integrated into its direct sourroundings.
What the architects say:
“Sustainable building techniques are used extensively throughout the design of this home. These include extensive overhangs that protect both interior and exterior living spaces from the desert sun, rammed earth construction and low-E glazing to mitigate heat gain through the exterior walls, indirect daylighting to avoid glare and minimize need for electric lighting, 19 seer air conditioning units with zoned distribution, smart house technologies controlling lighting, mechanical and powered shading devices, building materials made from recycled content and xeriscape design. These along with a host of additional “Green” building techniques qualified this home for the Advanced Level Category of the Scottsdale Green Building rating system.”
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Livable Area: 8300 square feet
Date Completed: Summer 2007