Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery they received help from Hounslow Heath School, who already got their own adobe shelter. Designed for learning outdoors, sheltering from the elements or for a enjoying some isolation time, Small Earth’s Super Adobe buildings are strong and beautiful.
Iranian builder Nader Khalili developed Super Adobe in 1984 in response to NASA’s call for housing designs for future human settlements on the Moon and on Mars. But the long fabric tubes filled with adobe — earth, sand, cement or lime — shelters have been used for decades, primarily for refuge as bunkers during war times (filled with sand). The compressed adobe polypropylene tubes are usually take the shaoe of domes but can also have single and double-curved walls. Strong, fun and easy to build, low-tech and aesthetically interesting, Small Earth’s creature will sure inspire kids to be sustainable architects.
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