Gallery: Swirling Australian Earth House Looks Like a Green Crop Circle...

From above the landscape stands out most of all against the stoic form of the adjacent home.

The Earth House is a 4 bedroom, 465 sq m (5,000 sq ft) house composed of separate living modules including a lounge, a dining area, bedrooms, bathrooms, a study and a kitchen. The modules are connected by a corridor, or a ‘disappearing street’ that frames views and facilitates movement through the house. A large central courtyard anchors the home with the main and guest wings on either side. The courtyard frames the large infinity pool on a lower level and looks out over the coastal landscape.

Locally sourced Dromana crushed rock is used to form the rammed earth walls used to form the home. The east face of the home is glazed to pull in early daylight, while the west face is protected from the hot afternoon sun by formidable rammed earth walls. These walls temper the sun’s heat and radiate it throughout the night while also protecting the home from strong winds.

The entrance to the home is a beautiful scene of sculpted concentric circles with a labyrinth inscribed inside. From above, the landscape stands out most of all against the stoic form of the adjacent home.

+ Jolson Architecture

Images © Scott Newett & Earl Carter


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  1. bobirving April 29, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Another enormous house, stuck out in the middle of nowhere, with occupants driving to and fro to the city, pretending to be green because they have rammed earth walls. Please pardon my cynicism, but “stunning” architecture is not what makes the world go round….

  2. abhaytarapur April 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

    The rammed earth walls with trim edges are pristine….simple and elegant design…..very well done !

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