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EarthWall 2 by Ward + Blake Architects.

EarthWall 2.

Winning the Architecture category of the International Design Awards is Ward + Blake for their EarthWall 2 house.

The architects consider their design a product of the site's spatial qualities, in particular its flat vast horizons, and a product of the physical material of the site, the earth itself.

The turf roof line emphasizes the low horizontal quality of the building, as does the visible strata of the rammed earth walls. They also form a datum for the internal organisation of the residence.

There are large areas of glass that open the internal spaces to the exterior, allowing the spirit of the plane to flow through the house.

The building utilizes a passive solar design coupled with other green energy features such as a ground source heat pump. It uses reclaimed materials where possible, such as its timber cladding, as well as other low carbon materials.

Whilst the building may well be kind to the environment, it owes a great debt to the very earth on which it stands.

 

 

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