EarthHouse - a home from the earth
EarthHouse is a building system that can be adapted to accomodate families in need. I designed the EarthHouse to be built from the earth. It uses clay, sand, and other locally available materials for construction. Please have a look at the images, Thanks!


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Each EarthHouse is raised by the community. Each person has a skill - a brick layer and a wall maker.    Everyone works together to build a home of the earth.

The design arises from the people - adapting to their needs. The system is modular with a tectonic relationship of part to whole. Only 4 easy to manufacture parts make up the entire construction system of localized materials - earth, clay, sand, and bamboo. An adaptable 
construction logic allows for a variety of configurations.

The system allows for infinite expandability, adapting to the specific needs of the individuals and families. More rooms can be added later as the family grows, or interior sections can be partitioned off with an adobe brick infill. The rigidity of the rammed earth wall can also be used as a party wall condition, ideally in close urban environments. A community of houses sharing a central space can also be built.

The elevation above shows vertical bamboo bracing. This bracing is internal and adds structural rigidity to the dry-stacked adobe bricks. During brick casting, slots are left open to allow for the bracing. 
Because the wall is made of only two types of bricks, the vertical slots always line up - regardless of variation in the brick pattern.

The EarthHouse system can adapt to any climate. The family can design and build their own home, specifically to their needs and responses to climate. Having just two brick modules makes construction logic easy and adaptable to any condition.

This is an example of the EarthHouse system adapted to a tropical climate. The roof has long eaves that overhang, protecting the adobe brick. Also, the floor is elevated off the ground using the same construction logic as the roof - preventing flooding.

These plans serve as just a starting point. The program is a simple cook, storage/sell, and sleep layout. A market window allows fresh air and light into the space. The market window also allows families to sell homebased goods, increasing their 
finances and providing an opportunity for betterment.

The EarthHouse system is designed to be modified and adapted to the 
surrounding environment and the 
requirements of families - fulfilling their most basic needs while giving them a space to call home.

The roof is made of bamboo support with a weaved thatch skin. A 
portion of the roof contains a solar panel to provide the family with clean electricity that can power LED lighting or small cooking appliances. Also, the solar panel would be used as a surface for rainwater collection, with a collection tank along the wall.

Each 1x1 brick has a bamboo peg in the center where families can attach hammocks for sleeping, shelves for storage, food for drying, and anything else they need. Because the pegs are built into the bricks, they also create variety on the exterior facade. The interior space is adaptable to fulfill personal needs.

EarthHouse is more than a home, it is a system adapted to multipurpose use. For example, a family can create a homebred business of basket goods, which they can then sell out of the market window. The Earthouse is a home and a source of income - evolving slums out of poverty.

Local brick factories could be established to manufacture the adobe bricks or individuals could make the bricks themselves.

The local economy then would be activated by creation of brick factories, construction specialists, and builders. From there the community only grows, flourishing from the production of homemade goods, agriculture, and local trade.

My goal with this project is to create a home that is affordable to the world�s poorest, and also to create a system that is easily adapted to a variety of conditions.

Please vote if you like my project and I most appreciate the 300house effort and the goal it is trying to accomplish.

Thank you.