Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

by , 07/29/11

rammed earth, stone, Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts, Taller de Arquitectura, Mauricio Rocha, vernacular architecture, earth construction, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, natural lighting, natural ventilation, low-maintenance indigenous flora, shade, passive design

Instead of wasting the soil that on-site construction projects produced, Taller de Arquitectura saw a wonderful opportunity to give it a new and sustainable building application. Some of the salvaged earth was piled up to make a large mound, which is retained by the stone buildings! In addition to being lovely to look at, the Plastic Arts school has great acoustics and low power bills thanks to the naturally-superior construction materials.

Large north-facing windows also contribute to the building’s overall aesthetic and energy efficiency, while outside gardens – populated with low maintenance plants that don’t require intensive watering and several shading Macuil trees – round out this project’s inspiring and rustic green ethos.

+ Taller de Arquitectura – Mauricio Rocha

images via Luis Gordo

Via Arch Daily

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