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.

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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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