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Rammed Earth House

project features

  • Rammed earth walls throughout
  • Passive solar design
  • Canopies control sunlight access
  • Breezeways for cross ventilation
  • Prefabricated building elements
  • 110,000 l rainwater tanks



  • Concept and building form
    Concept and building form
  • North facade
    North facade
  • Approach view at night
    Approach view at night
  • Internal circulation
    Internal circulation
  • Lounge
  • Baywindow with views
    Baywindow with views
  • Upstairs study
    Upstairs study
  • Canopies for solar control
    Canopies for solar control

This Rammed Earth house in the north-east of Victoria sits is on a relatively remote site with no energy and water supply. It was our first significant project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout.

Responding to harsh climatic conditions, our rammed earth home designers planned a simple and compact building, which uses innovative materials with good thermal properties, has effective solar control and water collection and treatment technology on site. Building elements were rationalised to meet the tight budget and time constraints as well as to reduce wastage during construction.

The roof was prefabricated allowing large, column free ceilings, this also reduced construction times on site. The residence has a single heater, and does not have to rely on air conditioning for thermal comfort. The household uses rainwater only and large tanks with 110,000 litres capacity formed an integral part of the design.

This home was built by Tony and the team from Rammed Earth Australia.


From the earth, Sanctuary magazine, 2007
Local Product, Houses magazine, 2005
Gorgeous Rammed Earth House produces all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia, Inhabitat.com, Dec 2014