Amazing earthbag building projects

There are people who already did some amazing work by building with earthbags (and sort-like building techniques). On this page we gathered the most breath taking projects and provide you with the information about the owners. It might open your eyes even more in seeing the amazing possibilities earthbag building offers.

Kilwa lodge – Tanzania The owners of Kilwa Beach Lodge have been involved through family ties with the environmental building world for many years. In 2012 in association with KIYODEA, a local charity, we began offering courses in environmental building using methods including superadobe and bottle walling. All buildings at the hotel have some aspects of eco building but not as many as this flagship room, being the first of its kind in Africa. Check it out yourself
Steve Areen – Thailand When most people imagine their dream home, they probably think of a large, sprawling vacation house that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build. He did just that and, in a few weeks, he had a vacation home in the middle of Thailand that could make anyone drool. The technique Steve uses is different then earthbag building, but with the same looks!;) Visit thegibrancenter.com

Steve Areen's Dreamdome

In just 6 weeks, Steve was able to create the home of his dreams.

With a Thai friend's guidance, his son-in-law's masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly.

Steve was given a place on his friend Hajjar Gibran's mango grove to build his home.

The basic structure only cost about $6,000.

In Thailand, materials are cheaper, but it's still mind blowing to know just how little this cost to make.

The extra details and furnishings of the home brought the cost up another $3,000.

Totaling approximately $9,000 for the entire home.

It took elbow grease and dedication.

But it seems so worth it.

Not only does this dream home look cool, but the low-cost and quick building schedule is amazing.

Cement blocks and clay bricks were used to build the home, as well as some natural materials.

If he had the chance to build the home again, Steve said that he would use compressed earth blocks.

Whether it's a home away from home or your new family residence, this dome would be perfect.

Or gazing into your backyard pond, filled with beautiful lilies.

The dome is full of windows and natural light, really helping the house become one with nature.

On the outside of the house, Steve built steps up to the roof, you can climb the entire house if you'd like to.

His shower is the big stone mosaic you see here.

And the bathroom sink is made of natural bamboo and other materials.

Every day would feel like a vacation.

Can I go here right now?

Cal-Earth – USA Hesperia, Calif., May 5, 2015 — Cal-Earth Institute today announced they received confirmation that the Superadobe/Earthbag orphanage project built for the Pegasus Children’s Project in the northern Khathmandu valley in Nepal survived the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, and the structures are all still standing. Read more
Casa Vergara – Colombia Colombian architect Jose Andres Vallejo is the inspired genius behind La Casa Vergara, an innovative dome-shaped residence built with sustainable earthbag solutions. Constructed in Bogota in 2011, La Casa Vergara uses traditional earth to create a naturally cool residence with a gentle environmental impact. Covered with concrete finishing, building from earth is not only cost effective, but also offers seismic resistance and peace of mind. Read more
Baja Bio Sana Baja Bio Sana is madeup of a deeply devoted collective of natural builders, permaculturists, herbalists, meditation teachers, raw food chefs and others, with highly advanced earth-based skills who are supporting the awakening of a new human consciousness while developing and sharing solutions for a positive sustainable future. It also has the participation and collaboration of local as well as international visitors, volunteers and interns. Read more

Cormiers, Haiti – Konbit Shelter began as a sustainable building project in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, and has developed into a long-term relationship between two communities, based on a shared commitment to the process of recovery. Read more

Kathmandu – Nepal A UK charity, Small Earth, built over 40 domes in 2006 for the Pegasus Children’s Project in Nepal, which is home to over 90 children and their caretakers, all of who are confirmed safe after the 7.6 earthquake on 25 April 2015. Trained by a Cal-Earth alumni in 2005, Small Earth’s founder, Julian Faulkner, shared the news: “The domes have come through relatively unscathed with just surface cracking to the plasterwork… in the village below the site 15 houses have collapsed and many others are badly damaged with all the villagers now sleeping under tarpaulins in the fields.”

Baninajar Refugee Camp Iran – After demonstrating SuperAdobe technology at Tehran University and the Building Research Center on a UN invitation in 1994, Nader Khalili was awarded a contract by UNDP Tehran to provide the design and technical training of UN personnel to build 14 shelters in the Baninajar refugee camp in Khuzestan, Iran. The refugees from Southern Iraq, as the eventual inhabitants, built the shelters supervised by the trained UN personnel. Each shelter was built by a team of six refugees and took 7-11 days–the cost of each shelter was $625 Read more

Interesting Links

earthbagbuilding.com This website is an absolute gold mine if it comes to earthbag building

Cal-earth.com The website of the trensetting man in earthbag building Nader Khalili. After his death his family took over and still run the project

naturalbuildingblog.com About more styles of natural building, definately worth a visit

small-earth.com Offering a lot of information for earthbagbuilders and even an online shop in tools

Earthbag dome Calculator This website will provide you with a must-have tool if you want to build your own earthbag building. This calculator will help you out and save a lot of time!

Small Earthbag building e-book Provided by Rivendell Village

Earthbag building book The only book and therefore the bible of earthbag builders

earthbagbuildingbook