• 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  

  • Training

    Earth building seminar in the Rhodopes mountain

    The first earth building seminar is full, so I propose a new week-end at the beginning of July: 1st and 2nd of July with arrival on June 30th in the evening. During this training you will get practical knowledge about the different earth building techniques: adobe blocks, light-straw walls, earth and lime plasters, pointing with earth mortars. You will learn to test and create your own mortars and you will learn what you may and may not do while renovating a traditional earth building. Detailed information is to be found in the attached documents. Inscriptions at: varvara_valtchanova@hotmail.com    

  • Techniques

    Canadian movie on natural plasters

    I chose to present you this short Canadian movie on natural plasters in which the craftswoman Sukita Crimmel explains the gestures and the good practices for the application of natural plasters. Used for millennia but forgotten from the modern building industry, earth and lime come slowly but surely back to our modern homes. They offer an incomparable aesthetics  and physical properties.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppn4yfqVA8k

  • Techniques

    The revival of earth building in France

    Earth is a material which we easily associate with the primitive way of building, closer to the animals than to the modern way of life.  Nevertheless, earth has been an accessible and friendly building material for thousands of years . This short french movie presents the rising interest towards earth in renovation sector in France. The French are enthusiasts to work again with it because they continue the traditions and have a cheap and beautiful material that creates a unique inside comfort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4O9HPeHdk8  

  • Events,  Techniques,  Training

    Spring news

    With the arrival of spring the collegues from Europe have started to send me info bulletins about the upcoming earth events: The school for earth building in Wangelin, Germany, organizes a series of lectures and seminars on the topic of earth and lime plasters and tadelakt  > http://lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?ajde_events=tadelakt-baustellenkurs The Italian architect Sergio Sabadini organizes in Milan in April a seminar on earth plasters with the participation of a Japanese craftsman > http://alekoslab.org/seminario-terramigakidesign The French institute of earth building Craterre and Amaco – Atelier Matters for Building – shares the link to the newly published book: Clays and biopolymeres – Natural stabilizers for earth building > http://www.amaco.org/spiral-files/download?mode=inline&data=3510 I have been working hard to finish the book “Natural plasters…

  • Projects

    Ecohouse in the Austrian Alps

    The Austrian architect Claudia Stahl presents us her newly built natural home. The structure is built from timber, the walls are realized from earthen boards. This way the climate in the house is healthy and the humidity is optimal. The house is about 70 m2 big and has many big windows and sliding doors that guarantee a direct relation for the inhabitants with the natural surroundings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-cKQqP67Dg