Earthen materials sand and clay when combined with a natural fibre (straw or husk) and water, gives birth to an innovative yet sustainable building technique- known as adobe construction. Often known as ‘Earth-Architecture’. This technique not only dates back to 2000BC, but is believed to be used by ancient Egyptians. Suitable for regions with extremely hot climate.
The process involves crafting the ‘sun-dried adobe bricks’, manually. Bamboo can be used to make the structure more durable. Its easier to construct, and installed just like the normal bricks-no special skill required. The natural fibre prevents the brick from cracking and shrinking. Tentatively, the sun-drying can take two to three weeks.
Advantages of Adobe-Construction:
A sustainable mode of construction.
It has very low carbon footprint since it uses all-natural resources.
The walls made using adobe bricks are great sound insulators. You can feel the calmness and meditating quietness, guarding your space from the outer commotion.
Prevents heats from penetrating inside the structure and keeps your room cool.
These structures are simple to maintain and last for a long time. It is believed that a historic construction of Lopez Adobe in California (built in 1800s), has survived two earthquakes and is currently being used as museum.
Gives you leverage to design a structure with different finishing-textures- like rough, finished or unfinished, combed, etc.
You can even experiment with different shapes of bricks. And dye them with natural colour pigments. Or keep it simple and earthy!
“Bask of sun, on mud and sand – is real Gold!”
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1. Cher’s Adobe Retreat, Aspen (designed by architect David Finholm, clicked by Susan Cheever, credits AD)
2. Cher’s Adobe Retreat, Aspen (designed by architect David Finholm, clicked by Susan Cheever, credits AD)
3. Image found on eco-friendly-buildings
4. Image found on eco-friendly-buildings
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