Gallery: Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient...

 
When it comes to building materials, contemporary architecture is marked by the rampant use of concrete in construction, and we are quickly depleting our forests to produce lumber. On the other hand, earth is a traditional and plentiful building material that has weathered the test of time - although many building codes around the world do not even address it. In an effort to bring back soil as a building material, Tokyo-based Atelier Tekuto began the Earth Block Project to develop techniques and materials that meet building codes. Their first project was to create a curvilinear single family residence made with 2,600 soil bricks - read on for a look inside!

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  1. Susana Mühlmann September 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Thanks very much for the publication and information. I am an architect from Argentina, and since years ago do research on sustainability of construction materials, and of course, we investigated solid bricks and masonry. My commnet is that, even though earth and clay are all around the world, they are non-renewable natural resources, and more, solid bricks need fertile soli to achieved good quality. We already have a serious problem regarding the progressive degradation of our Pampa, one of the most fertiles soils in the world, so, it is great to use construction materials that cannot cause a negative impact when building and inhabiting new construcions, but it is very importat to consider the raw material they need and the impact in the short, medium and long term. Thanks for allowing me to express my opinion and concerns. Susana Mühlmann – Energy and Habitat Research Centra, Faculty of Architecture, Desing and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires.

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