• Projects,  Techniques

    Innovative project in France – poured earthen walls

    « La Corderie eco-district» originated as a project for regional development with a mixed program of 1000 m2 intended for housing, offices, workshops and green areas. The aim of the project is to create spaces for innovative companies and a manifest for new practices. It offers shared offices, exhibition spaces and lots of greenery. Responding to the demanding assignment, the team of engineers and architects designed a building of load-bearing walls and a wooden construction. All the materials are local – they are delivered from less than 30 km from the site. Earth has been chosen as a representative material for the region. A technique of poured earth reinforced with steel…

  • Projects,  Techniques

    A prototype earthquake resistant earth house in China

    In China, as in many other places around the world, earthwork has been present for millennia. It is widespread in the northeastern provinces, which are still poorly industrialized. In 2014, the devastating earthquake Ludian affected the village of Guangming, which was almost completely destroyed and its inhabitants were left without shelter. The Chinese University of Hong Kong was committed to develop an earthquake resistant rammed earth house combining local building techniques with modern architectural solutions. The project won the first prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017. It offers accessible materials, the use of traditional building techniques and reinforcement elements of reinforced concrete and iron beams. https://www.dezeen.com/2017/11/17/post-earthquake-reconstruction-of-chinese-village-named-world-building-of-the-year-2017/

  • Techniques

    A movie presenting the application of an earth plaster

    I’m presenting you a short movie from France which shows the mixing and application of a base earth plaster. The wall must have a rough surface and be abundantly moisturized. The application begins from the top to the bottom. The instruments used are the trowel, the float and the sponge.       The proportions are 1 volume of earth : 2 volumes of sand. The thickness is 6 mm. http://zemnostroitelstvo.net/?p=1685 I’m happy to announce the publishing of my new book: “Natural plasters from earth and lime” which is presently in the graphic designers hands.  

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Revival of local building techniques in Marocco

    Salima Naji is a Moroccan architect and anthropologist.  Since 2002 she has been working in South Morocco ans is reviving the local architecture and building practices: “Nowadays we try to import building solutions from abroad but why should we neglect our architectural heritage. The Moroccan building traditions respond to all the climatic and ecological challenges we face in the modern society.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIEZl0RLsWI

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Martin Rauch – rammed earth specialist

    Martin Rauch is an Austrian ceramist who chose to work as a builder. He realizes many and very interesting projects in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  He has specialized in rammed earth: a technique which compacts earth in wide form-works with the help of wooden or pneumatic paddle. In this short movie he presents his own house and the house of his sister. The two buildings are situated in Voralberg, an Austrian region.   Martin shares about rammed earth: “This is an extremely old building technique which, although it looks easy at first glance, actually requires a lot of practical knowledge and specific skills. I still learn every day after 25 years…

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Eco renovation in the village of Shipkovo – Bulgaria

    Violeta is the happy heir of an old wattle and daube house in the mountain village of Shipkovo, situated between Troyan and Teteven, in Northern Bulgaria, along the Rajdavetz river. The house is almost 130 years old and has preserved it’s authentic aspect – big wooden entrance door, large windows, nice proportions. It belonged to her grand father – a prominent  villager. She feels strongly attached to the place, as she has spent many of her summer holidays. Violeta wanted to renovate and adapt the building to the contemporary needs to spend weekends with her family in the  mountains.  She strongly wished to preserve the spirit of the place and avoid the mistakes accompanying modern renovation – artificial insulation,…

  • Projects,  Techniques

    The old – new Japanese earthen house

    This short movie presents an interesting Japanese house built from timber, straw and earth. The house in bio-climatic, it uses in the best possible way the sun light and is easy to ventilate. The massive inner walls keep the warmth of the only stove for a very long time.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0IYv6u1xYM

  • Techniques

    French site for light-earth building

    The light earth building technique is becoming popular in France and Germany. It’s easy to implement, cheap and guarantees very good insulation qualities. There are already many realized buildings and this motivated the french builders to gather their efforts and realize a common platform for the dissemination of knowledge and examples. At the present time a team of specialists works on the redaction of a handbook of good practices that will be useful for the next projects. You will find more information on the site: terrepaille.fr

  • Projects,  Techniques

    Modern earthen floor

    We all know about the old traditional houses and their earth floor. But there are few such examples of earth inner floors that have survived up to present times. These floors have been easy to realize, cheap and good enough for the everyday use of the family life. This short french movie presents the modern application of an earth floor in a french house that is being renovated with natural materials.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iHFeXG3yAE