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Swirling Australian Earth House Looks Like a Green Crop Circle from Above
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 19, 2011 @ 7:01 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Building,Landscape Architecture | 2 Comments
If you took a look at this Earth House from above, you might mistake its swirling lawn for a verdant crop circle. We have to say that the beautiful rammed earth house certainly is out of this world with its clean architecture, and lovely landscaping. Designed by Jolson Architecture, the Earth House is also built from local materials and carefully considers the idyllic Victoria, Australia site it sits upon.
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.
Images © Scott Newett & Earl Carter
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URLs in this post:
 rammed earth walls: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-rammed-earth-home-celebrates-colorado-nature/
 labyrinth: http://inhabitat.com/motoi-yamamotos-mind-bogglingly-intricate-mazes-drawn-with-salt/
 + Jolson Architecture: http://www.jolson.com.au/#/projects/earthhouse
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