There’s no detailed information about these particular vaults, but they look great and I wanted to share this with readers. They look like leaning adobe vaults by the famous Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, author of Architecture for the Poor. This method uses thinner, medium sized adobe blocks mortared together with mud. The adobes are set into sloping arches that lean against an end wall..
Burnt Adobe Homes
“Tucson, in Pima County Arizona, has about 15% of all the burnt adobe homes built in the US from the 1960s through the 80s.
Mud Bricks or Pressed Earth Bricks?
There is much information about the generic term Mud bricks, but many people are not aware of the advanced technology and benefits of specifying Pressed Earth Bricks (CEBs) for your building project:
Restoring the Heritage Mud Forts of UAE
“Hunnarshala and our artisan groups were invited by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) to restore four forts in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, a UNESCO City. We worked in collaboration with architect Eike Roswag to restore the centuries old mud forts. More than 150 artisans worked on this project and were handsomely remunerated for it.
Mud House Design 2014 Competition
Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together
Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet (approximately 10 x 12 metres) to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor construction. From the cities to the low-income villages, use of concrete – despite its dependence on imported resources – is considered indispensable for building. Yet an excellent, cheap and local alternative called laterite, red earth, is available everywhere in Ghana. The long-term goal is to enable the Ghanaian population and lots of other places, to overcome the stigma that mud architecture is architecture for the very poor.
Nka Foundation Announces Jury Members for MUD HOUSE DESIGN 2014 competition for Ghana. The jury consists of pre-selection jurors and grand jurors. The Pre-Selection Jury will review all design entries and select the overall Top 20 Designs and presented them to the Grand Jury, who will then select the winning designs. The Jury session runs from September 15 – September 30, 2014. Those interested in participating in the competition can still register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mud-house-design-competition-tickets-10697036123 till August 15, 2014.
Baandin Laguna Resort
“Baandin Laguna, a uniquely natural resort with cottages built from clay, covered by leaf roofs, surrounded by mountains, rice fields and morning fog.