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STRAW BALE HOUSE

MATERIAL RESEARCH
2015 - ONGOING

Examples of building with straw bales exist already for a long time. Can we find new opportunities if we could use the straw in a constructive way? In this project we are researching the possibilities of the material in different applications by using the vast volume of the material. We build a big, fully functional experiment with straw bales in the summer.

Straw smells nice. Straw is an agricultural waste product of grain. Straw is a renewable, lightweight material that is easy to construct with. Building with straw is relatively simple, which makes it attractive to owners to help with the construction.

In order to create a solid building without a permanent auxiliary structure, we developed a compression technique resulting in a modular straw building system. This system can be used for constructing multistorey buildings. The monolithic nature of the material necessitates the use of arches and dome structures. A historical building method is renewed.  

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