Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios constructs sandbag igloo
“Thirty architects and staff completed a sandbag igloo in a field alongside the river Avon at Batheaston, finishing on 26 June 2009.
The sandbag structure is a test bed exercise for a project we are working on in Namibia, supporting the work of a remote research station and local communities. The plan was to devise a method of constructing buildings to provide further accommodation for the Gobabeb Centre and also help with housing; the method can be easily replicated by the local people, using the abundant stocks of sand available to them.
“People there house themselves with whatever building materials they can find,” explained architect Nicola du Pisanie, “so some of their homes are in a pretty bad state, with flimsy walls and roofs offering little protection against the harsh climate. We’re hoping to demonstrate that you can build solid buildings which provide cool shelter in very high temperatures, taking advantage of the natural material to be found out there.”
FCBS worked with Stonewood Builders Ltd on this testbed pavilion. Stonewood donated the materials and labour. Advice and labour ‘sweat and equity’ also came from Bath based engineers Buro Happold and Bath University.”