Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Earthquake proof Earthen School Pakistan

Design Boom writes about "...tipu sultan merkez' earthen school in jar maulwi, pakistan by berlin-based architectural and engineering practice ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure has received this year's holcim award for sustainable construction within the asia-pacific region.

The first level of of the two-story building is constructed with cob walls comprised of locally sourced clay, sand, straw, water and earth. resting upon brick foundations,the interior spaces are protected from moisture penetrating from the ground or rainwater.

The upper floor is a bamboo framework filled with an earthen mixture. the combined result of the structure absorbs humidity and the mass of the thick 60 centimeter bearing walls
reduces the temperature of interior spaces by 8 degrees celsius during the 40 degree summer heat.

Local residents were able to build their new community facility by implementing appropriate construction technologies and skills which were already present within the village.

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