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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
The wheat straw bales  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  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 . 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.
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URLs in this post:
 Didimala Lodge's: http://www.didimala.co.za/
 Dumani Architects: http://www.dumani.co.za/Projects.htm
 straw bales: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-modcells-stunning-straw-bale-prefab-homes/
 sustainable architecture: http://www.mylemont.com/sustainable-architecture/inhabitat-profiles-the-non-profit-architecture-for-humanity
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/five-star-didimala-lodge-is-the-world%e2%80%99s-largest-strawbale-building/worlds-largest-strawbale-bldg-10/
 straw bales: http://inhabitat.com/hoks-leed-gold-certified-straw-bale-building/hokstrawbale4jpg/
 inlaid with pebble: http://inhabitat.com/tiny-solar-pebble-can-replace-kerosene-lamps-in-rural-africa/
 versatile building materials: http://inhabitat.com/corn-waste-transformed-into-versatile-building-material/
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