Rammed earth is making a comeback

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© Luigi Rosselli Architects


Australia’s longest rammed earth wall forms eco-residence for seasonal workers

by Kimberley Mok

As a building material, nothing is more local, energy-efficient and beautiful than rammed earth. Having been used for thousands of years by many cultures, rammed earth is making a comeback, popping up in various modern buildings in universities to Swiss factory buildings by star architects. Now, Australian firm Luigi Rosselli Architectshave completed what they are calling the country’s longest rammed earth wall, as part of a residence for seasonal workers on a cattle ranch (no word on whether the ranch itself utilizes sustainable practices).

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© Luigi Rosselli Architects


Seen over at Dezeen and located in a remote part of West Australia, the rammed earth wall zigzags along for 754 feet, forming a facade abutting an embankment of sand, under which a dozen small, simple but functional residences are tucked.

Composed of locally sourced, iron-rich, sandy clay, the 17.7-inch thick facade and the sandy roof provides a lot of thermal mass, keeping the sun out and the interiors naturally cool. Each residence has its own terrace, and there is a shared garden for everyone to use.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.