The Rammed Earth House in Slovenia was designed by several collaborating architects to explore a combination of ancient building methods and the latest in sustainable energy technology. Have you ever wanted a green roof? Solar? How about all of the above? This rammed earth tiny house combines several sustainable options in a totally unique project.
Architects Merve nur Başer, Aslı Erdem, and Fatma Zeyneb Önsiper wanted to bring the rammed earth building method, which dates to ancient times as early as the 9th century BCE, to Slovenia while exploring a reinterpretation of a traditional early 20th-century farmhouse. The Rammed Earth House is located in Dobrava, a region of Slovenia’s flatlands. Slovenian architect Oton Jugovec’s floating roof design inspired the home’s original design. A timber framework tops a concrete foundation and rammed earth walls strengthen that framework. An overhang on the roof provides extra stability for the walls.
The resulting house creates unique angles, even in the multi-angled pitched roof. The tiny house is oriented for maximum sun exposure and passive solar heating, with windows placed for cross-ventilation in warm weather. A green roof topped with grass and solar panels helps power the house, and a rainwater collection system facilitates water recycling.
Inside, the unusual roofline creates cozy spaces for reading nooks, like a bench by a first-floor window and a skylight over a loft. The kitchen and integrated living room have built-in appliances and shelves for max storage, and the fireplace is hung from the ceiling mid-century modern style to conserve space. A bed can be placed in the loft, while the only separate room from the main area is a small bathroom. The unique trapezoidal and triangular windows, including the oversized living room window, are west-facing to let in natural light and decrease heat loss.
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