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Posts tagged as 'rammed earth'

Wed 28.7.

Earth House by BCHO Architects (KOR)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 28.07.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

Earth House, photo by Sung Kwon Kim

This subterranean house was built in honor of the Korean poet Yoon Dong-joo and is designed by Seoul based practice BCHO Architects. It is based on an outer concrete structure, the interior space is devided by rammed earth walls.

“The earth used for the walls is from the site excavation. Even though the viscosity of the existing earth was low, only minimal white cement and lime was used so the earth walls can return to the soil later”, the architects explain.

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Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts by Mauricio Rocha

Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts by Mauricio Rocha

A beautiful example of modern earthen architecture is the Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts in Mexico, designed by Taller de Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha.

The archiect decided to use the earth left behind from several other campus construction projects for the typography of his construction site – a talus which is a garden and isolation for the school at the same time. This brought about the idea of building the whole school of rammed earth. The earth for the buildings was extracted from areas around Oaxaca with the quality needed for this type of construction. Rammed earth is not only the perfect material for the extreme climatic conditions of Oaxaca, because it creates an optimal microclimate. It also offers the adequate acoustic insulation a school needs.

Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts by Mauricio Rocha

Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts by Mauricio Rocha

to the Taller de Arquitectura website

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Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

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.

Earth as the main building material

Earth as the main building material

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.

Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

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.”

Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

Redding Residence by Kendle Design Cooperative

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Livable Area: 8300 square feet

Date Completed: Summer 2007

to the Kendle Design Cooperative website

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