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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth core structure flanked with a translucent

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

The Desert Courtyard House is located in a private development outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. As it is located near the bottom of the development on a small peninsula, houses above have views looking

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BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building

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Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

Herzog & de Meuron just completed a new production facility for Ricola, the Swiss manufacturer of herbal cough drops and fresh mints. The new building is one of six projects designed for the company

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

The construction process was preceded by two months of research and fieldwork, which enabled the architects to incorporate local know-how and traditions of Muyinga province. Studying the region’s

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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

If in general you're looking for some good, natural building workshops to learn about a variety of techniques, designs and options, check out the workshops provided by EcoNest in Ashland, Oregon and the

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Stanford Breaks Ground on Rammed Earth Windhover Contemplative Center

Stanford Breaks Ground on Rammed Earth Windhover Contemplative Center

The Windhover Contemplative Center will be a meditation center that is intended for spiritual retreat on the Stanford University campus. Artist Nathan Oliveira, who died in 2010, had a dream of building a

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BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

Last year, BC Architects organized Belgium's first rammed earth workshop to build a small but comfortable hunting cabin from about 30 square meters of rammed earth. The foundation and roof work was

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Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Located outside of Tucson is this mountain and desert retreat designed to enjoy the surrounding landscape while minimizing its impact on it. Local architects DUST sited the home carefully within adjacent

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on the ground

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

At 5994 square feet, Earthwall 2 is no tiny home, but a series of sensitive interventions compensate for its large footprint. Built with the designer's own post-tensioned steel rammed earth construction

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RTA Studio’s Carbon-Neutral C3 House is New Zealand’s First Win at World Architecture Festival

RTA Studio’s Carbon-Neutral C3 House is New Zealand’s First Win at World Architecture Festival

The C3 House is designed to be visually unobtrusive and environmentally sensitive. Designed to be a permanent single family residence for a family of four, the home will include a two-car garage, gym, 2

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Jones Studios’ Sculptural Lacey Residence is a Rammed Earth Home in the Arizona Desert

Jones Studios’ Sculptural Lacey Residence is a Rammed Earth Home in the Arizona Desert

At first glance the home looks like a single, level mass playing off the gently sloping landscape with the backdrop of Papago Peak. The home is actually a series of smaller offset buildings lined closely

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Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

In the Sping of 2012, designer Anssi Kankkunen and earth-builder biologist Vittorio Moretta spent almost two months in Tibet working with locals to investigate architecture and building technologies.

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Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Polifactory came up with the concept for the self-sufficient HOUS.E+ for the 100 Mile House design competition, which concluded in May. Although not a winner, the home makes use of number of sustainable

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Feldman Architecture’s Walnut Farms Retreat Strikes Rammed Earth Gold

Feldman Architecture’s Walnut Farms Retreat Strikes Rammed Earth Gold

San Francisco-based Feldman Architecture creates beautiful and sustainable modern homes using a palette of durable materials like concrete, stone, natural wood, and powder-coated steel. One of the current

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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The Caterpillar House is a Modern Rammed Earth Ranch House in California

The Caterpillar House is a Modern Rammed Earth Ranch House in California

The Caterpillar House is a modern eco ranch house located in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a private development with 20,000 acres of preserved land outside of Carmel. The owners loved ranch houses and wanted

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Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Three wings form the Glenhope House - a master living suite, bedrooms and the living/dining/kitchen area. The two private wings wrap around a circular driveway with two shaded parking spaces and the entry

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Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

SIREWALL homes and buildings are constructed with a mix of local soils strengthened with rebar and a small amount of cement. This mix then wraps around approximately 4 inches of rigid insulation to create

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

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

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

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Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Paying tribute to its location, the Gateway is constructed from rammed earth, although it is every bit as energy efficient and cool as any modern home. Ninety percent of its construction materials were

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EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

The name 360º refers not only to the zen surroundings, but also to nature's never-ending cycles: the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical

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