Elegant Australian home shows the beauty and toughness of rammed earth

June 14, 2017 by  
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Rammed earth may be an ancient building material, but the modern homes that use compact earth are anything but old-fashioned. One such example is Robson Rak Architects and Interior Designers’ recently completed Layer House, a robust and elegant home in Victoria, Australia that keeps naturally cool with rammed earth walls. Made from local materials by local artisans, the rammed earth is paired with timber to create a beautiful palette that will last the test of time. Built to last generations, the large 470-square-meter Layer House was designed with an eye for detail and quality. The home derives its name from the intersecting zones and private vistas created from an asymmetrical layout that wraps around a series of courtyards . Rammed earth and timber are the two main building materials in the Layer House. The architects write: “The sand component of the rammed earth is locally sourced and built by local artisans. Rammed earth is a sustainable, honest, and efficient building material that requires no maintenance and ages gracefully. The timber will be allowed to grey off and age with time.” A few vibrant pops of color, such as the green tiled island bench and blue sofa, provide contrast to the pale color palette. Related: Rammed earth school in Vietnam blooms like a colorful jungle flower The low-maintenance rammed earth walls provide a thermal mass for passive cooling in summer and heating in winter. Energy efficiency is further improved with double glazed and thermally broken aluminum doors and windows. Louvers control the flow of cross ventilation, while hydronic heating is embedded into the concrete floors. + Robson Rak Architects and Interior Designers Via ArchDaily Images © Shannon McGrath

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Aging Spanish wine cellar renovated as a gorgeous contemporary stone home

February 19, 2016 by  
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Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

August 31, 2015 by  
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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

August 31, 2015 by  
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Samoo Architects & Engineers to design Ulju Government Complex in South Korea

March 27, 2015 by  
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Wolveridge Architects’ Martha Beach House is a naturally-cooled family home in Australia

March 16, 2015 by  
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Architecture for a Change Builds Off-Grid, Prefab Primary School Out of Shipping Containers in Malawi

November 18, 2014 by  
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Amazing New Photos from Inside a Mysterious Siberian Crater

November 18, 2014 by  
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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

August 21, 2014 by  
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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

June 20, 2014 by  
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