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Five Star Didimala Lodge Is The World’s Largest Strawbale Building!

Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 20, 2011 @ 11:04 am In Architecture | 2 Comments

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The wheat straw bales [2] were wrapped in chicken wire (a kind of light metal fencing ubiquitous in South Africa) and then covered in a layer of gunite. While an expensive and not-so-earth-friendly material, gunite nonetheless ensures the building will last a long time. The floors were made with polished screed and inlaid with pebble [3] borders.

The entire facility, which includes a 20 room lodge, a massive boardroom that seats 30, a function hall, and even an underground, soundproof cinema with 50 rotating seats, is built from the strawbale. Note the interior seating and shelving, all moulded into a soft, wavy form that is typical of versatile building materials [4]. The roof was constructed with post-beam thatch. Didimala’s genius in a country like South Africa – still somewhat behind on the eco-scene – is to make a building genre typically reserved for “treehuggers” highly sought after by the upper classes.

+ Dumani Architects [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/five-star-didimala-lodge-is-the-world%e2%80%99s-largest-strawbale-building/worlds-largest-strawbale-bldg-10/

[2] straw bales: http://inhabitat.com/hoks-leed-gold-certified-straw-bale-building/hokstrawbale4jpg/

[3] inlaid with pebble: http://inhabitat.com/tiny-solar-pebble-can-replace-kerosene-lamps-in-rural-africa/

[4] versatile building materials: http://inhabitat.com/corn-waste-transformed-into-versatile-building-material/

[5] + Dumani Architects: http://www.dumani.co.za/Projects.htm

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