Monday, November 17, 2008

Earth Architecture

Ihlow House - Berlin, Germany
A vast legacy of traditional and vernacular earthen construction has been widely discussed, but little attention has been paid to the contemporary tradition of earth architecture. We liked this one featured at Earth Architecture. Earth Architecture focuses on building with earth in the modern era, particularly on projects constructed in the last few decades that use rammed earth, mud brick, compressed earth, cob, and several other interesting techniques.

Many assume that rammed earth construction is only used for housing in poor rural areas—but there are examples of airports, embassies, hospitals, museums, and factories that are made of earth. The Ihlow House, shown above, can be further explored here.

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