This rammed earth home in India uses recycled materials throughout

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When a family of six approached Indian architectural practice Wallmakers for a low-cost home, the architects saw the limited budget as an opportunity to innovate and experiment rather than a drawback. To keep costs low, recycled and natural materials were prioritized in their design of the Debris House, an approximately 2,000-square-foot dwelling that makes the most of its compact site. In addition to locally sourced materials, the eco-sensitive home includes a rainwater harvesting and recycling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Colorado meth lab transformed into a minimalist artist retreat with rammed earth walls

A former meth lab in North Boulder, Colorado has received a refreshing new lease on life as Swoon Art House, an artist retreat with a beautifully minimalist design. Denver-based tres birds workshop headed the makeover with a careful eye on environmental stewardship, which led to the use of “100% renewable resources” including rammed earth walls and geothermal wells.

Created as part of the Swoon/Boulder Museum Contemporary Art International Artists Residency, the 7,000-square-foot… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Striking rammed earth home blends into the hills of Santa Fe

Inspired by thickened stone walls of Chaco Canyon and the regional geology the La Tierra Nueva home is influenced by the vernacular architecture of Santa Fe and northern NM. The custom residence is notched into the juniper-studded hillside outside of Santa Fe NM. Material choices for the house are informed by Northern New Mexico’s traditional building materials, such as mud plastered, site cast adobe and corrugated metal in addition to colors and textures found on the site.

Rammed earth walls,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Award-winning rammed earth home in Spain halves normal CO2 emissions

Until recently, earth architecture has entailed something of a fringe movement, but with its numerous aesthetic, ecological and financial benefits, designs like this award-winning rammed earth home in Spain are reclaiming their rightful place in the limelight. Recently awarded the Terra Award in the individual housing category, Àngels Castellarnau of Edra Architectura said building with earth links us with the territory. It also slashes lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions – in this case by 50 pe… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building