Gallery: Rock-Solid Rammed Earth Office by David Marchetti


High-tech building materials may be all the rage, but ancient materials can be just as effective at creating energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings. Case in point: David Marchetti Architetto has designed a office building for Leeds, UK that features a modern façade formed from rammed earth. The project employs a variety of passive design principles and also harvests solar energy to help run the building’s electrical and cooling systems. The result is a building built-to-last that showcases the best of passive and active green building strategies.

Davide Marchetti Architetto‘s 36 Calls project updates an ancient building material with a modern form that makes a lot of sense. In this application rammed earth walls offer the benefits of insulating thermal mass and solar shading, while the façade’s punctured portholes allow daylight and air to filter in, significantly reducing the office’s energy use.

The building’s interior is carefully considered as well — interior spaces are designed without VOCs and are naturally ventilated, ensuring good air quality. A ground air exchange reduces energy consumption from heating and cooling, and passive microclimate design further reduces the building’s energy needs.

Unfortunately Davide Marchetti Architetto‘s green office did not make the final cut in the 36 Calls Design Competition but we’re glad to see architects exploring modern forms for durable, eco-friendly building materials.

+ Davide Marchetti Architetto

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  1. Beautiful Rammed Earth ... August 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    […] the environment around them in Colorado. Designed by JCL Architecture, their fantasy home made of rammed earth is characterized by a continuous trellis that greets you at the entry and leads you through the […]

  2. Miss Kathy February 26, 2010 at 1:26 am

    This design leads me to suspect that the architect knows nothing about rammed earth construction techniques or he has a family member in the rebar business.

  3. ecoarc February 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    one major issue with multi story earth buildings in england – rain – earth buildings only work when the walls are sufficiently protected from wind driven rain – this building is not….

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