Fruit trees grow from the roofs of Vo Trong Nghia’s stripy rammed-earth house

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed a house in Hanoi featuring walls made from different types of rammed earth, and gabled roofs incorporating planters used to grow fruit trees. Local architect Nghia’s studio designed the house for a plot in the rural Dong Anh district of the Vietnamese capital, where it is situated within a

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The Cave House By HyperSity

Renovated by Shanghai-based firm hyperSity, a traditional cave dwelling in the Loess Plateau of Shanxi Province in China has been transformed into the ‘Cave House’ — an unconventional home made of rammed earth.
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World Building of the Year 2017 could help 100 million people, says Edward Ng

This award-winning prototype house developed for a Chinese village destroyed by earthquake could protect millions of people around the world, claims architecture professor Edward Ng in this movie Dezeen filmed at World Architecture Festival 2017. The rammed-earth house was designed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a team of seismic design experts at the University

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DL Atelier builds museum with rammed-earth walls near China’s “porcelain capital”

This art museum is located on the outskirts of Jingdezhen, a city famed for its porcelain production, so architecture studio DL Atelier chose to use the local clay-heavy earth for its walls. Sanbaopeng Art Museum was designed by DL Atelier for a site in Sanbao village, on the outskirts of the so-called “porcelain capital”. It is a place where many

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Our new Pinterest board highlights striking uses of rammed earth

Last week, a rural Chinese house with rammed-earth walls was named World Building of the Year 2017. As a result, our latest Pinterest board showcases a range of buildings created using this material, including a cultural centre in a Senegalese village …

Waugh Thistleton completes cemetery buildings with rammed-earth walls

Waugh Thistleton has added a pair of new prayer halls to a Jewish cemetery in the English county of Hertfordshire, which feature rammed-earth walls constructed using soil taken from the site. The London architecture office was invited to oversee the expansion of Bushey Cemetery, which is located in the capital’s greenbelt and is the UK’s

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Stripy rammed-earth walls curve through holiday home on Californian walnut farm

Red and grey tones run through the rammed earth walls that US firm Feldman Architecture has used to build this retreat on a farm in California’s Central Valley. The San Francisco-based practice designed Spring Ranch within the grounds of a walnut farm to provide a rural vacation home for a family. Three main walls follow

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Branch Studio slots rammed-earth house extension onto a tree-dotted site in Melbourne

This moody Melbourne house extension by local studio Branch Studio Architects features dark rammed-charcoal walls, window nooks and an outdoor bathtub. Branch Studio Architects was asked to extend an existing house for a couple to create a master suite with a bedroom, an en-suite bathroom and extra storage space. The 1990s house “posed little architectural significance and interacted poorly with

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Rammed-earth tower by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten overlooks the Maas river

Earth, clay and gravel are compressed to form the walls of this observation tower designed by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten to offer views of a nature reserve spanning the Belgian-Dutch border. The rammed-earth tower designed by the Genk-based studio is located within a former gravel quarry called Negenoord, which has been transformed to form part of

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Toshiko Mori uses compressed earth and bamboo for cultural hub in remote Senegalese village

This cultural centre in Senegal by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was constructed using exclusively local materials and techniques – and has been recognised in the architecture category of the 2017 AIA Awards. Located in the remote village of Sinthian, the building performs several programmatic roles for the local community, including as a gathering space, performance centre and residency for

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Carney Logan Burke uses rammed earth to build home-office extension

Wyoming firm Carney Logan Burke has extended a house in Jackson Hole to provide its residents with a workspace that boasts sweeping views. The extension – known as Trader Studio – provides a home office that is connected to the main house but located a few metres away to benefit from the extra peace and

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Cherem Arquitectos builds rammed-earth house in Mexican highlands

A+Awards: we’re launching a major collaboration with Architizer profiling winners from its A+Awards. First up is this house in the Mexican highlands, with rammed-earth walls made from soil excavated on site (+ slideshow). Casa Candelaria by the Mexico City-based firm is located on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, a city in Mexico’s central highlands. The design of the 1,50o square-metre More

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DUST uses “lava-crete” to create monolithic desert house in Arizona

Arizona studio DUST has created a desert home south of Tucson using volcanic residue to form rammed-earth walls (+ slideshow). The house, named Casa Caldera, sits at a high altitude in the Canelo Hills of Southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley. It is made up of two solid volumes symmetrically organised around a central void. One contains the living More

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Aidlin Darling creates a meditation centre at Stanford University with rammed earth walls

This spiritual refuge by Aidlin Darling Design at California’s Stanford University features vertical cedar slats and thick walls made of soil excavated from the building site (+ slideshow). Called the Windhover, the building sits at the heart of the university’s campus, located in the city of Stanford in northern California. Sitting on the site of a former More

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Blaanc uses rammed earth to build house in a Portuguese vineyard

Layers of compacted earth form walls for this house by architecture studio Blaanc, which is set in the middle of a vineyard in Portugal’s Montijo municipality (+ slideshow). Named Vineyard House, the single-storey building comprises three interlocking volumes, which separate living spaces from bedrooms and a home office. Related story: Rammed earth walls surround Craigieburn Library by More

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Luigi Rosselli
 constructs ranch housing behind “longest rammed-earth wall in Australia”

Submerged below a sandy bank and enclosed by a zigzagging rammed-earth wall, these twelve subterranean rooms provide temporary accommodation for cowboys on an Australian cattle station (+ slideshow). Sydney firm Luigi Rosselli Architects was asked to create the housing for seasonal employees, who herd cattle off the open ranch into pens for periodical sorting, transportation and treatment. The row […]

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Feilden Fowles plans rammed-earth visitors’ centre for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

London architecture studio Feilden Fowles has revealed plans for a visitors’ centre with rammed-earth walls in Europe’s largest modern and contemporary sculpture park. Set into a hillside in a former quarry, the new Yorkshire Sculpture Park visitors centre will include a restaurant, gallery, public foyer and shop. Rammed-earth walls have been designed to complement the existing sandstone […]

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This week we like: buildings made of mud

Mud is one of the oldest architectural materials – but it’s back in fashion. Herzog & de Meuron used rammed earth recently, as did Seth Stein Architects and Watson Architecture + Design for this riding centre near Melbourne. See all our stories about rammed earth buildings »

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Nkabom House is a prototypical Ghanaian home made from mud and waste plastic

This student-designed house in Ghana pairs rammed-earth walls with translucent screens made from used water packaging, demonstrating how traditional construction can be combined with recycling (+ slideshow). Nkabom House was designed by Anna Webster, a fourth-year architecture student at The Cass, London Metropolitan University’s school of art, architecture and design. The original concept was a response to a competition […]

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MLZD’s lakeside bird-watching centre features rammed earth walls and an aviary

Walls made from compressed earth combine with timber-clad surfaces and glass to help this visitor centre for the Swiss Ornithological Institute complement its natural setting on the banks of a lake (+ slideshow). The institute is situated on the shore of Lake Sempach to the north west of Lucerne in central Switzerland. It houses a non-profit […]

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Equestrian centre on Australia’s south coast features a curving rammed-earth wall

A curving wall of rammed earth channels a stream of water around the edge of this horse riding centre near Melbourne, by London studio Seth Stein Architects and local firm Watson Architecture + Design (+ slideshow). Located on the Mornington Peninsula just south of Melbourne, the equestrian centre is framed by the reinforced wall of rammed earth […]

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The Cave is a rammed-earth and stone villa in a Mexico wildlife conservation facility

Monterrey studio Greenfield used walls of rammed earth and rugged stone to frame the rooms of this villa for the staff of an animal breeding facility in Mexico’s Maderas del Carmen natural park (+ slideshow). Named The Cave, the building is located in Los Pilares, a 5,000-hectare conservation facility in the foothills of the Sierra […]
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