The Earthbag Building Process

Artvark Earthbag projects wants to realise a more sustainable world. We think global but we act local. So, we design, make the construction drawings and we support, managing and supervising the construction. We give workshops Earthbag building but we also work together with local artisans and with people from all over the world.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

What we need is earth, bags and barbed wire. We try to find most of the materials locally, which makes the building  easy, cheap and eco friendly. The tools like tampers we can make it by ourselves and we keep it very basic. In fact we can make the domes without electricity. The molds for the window openings we make from wood or materials what we find. Artvark takes care to use less of cement and builds with natural materials so far as possible.

DESIGN

We make our designs in the studio and at the plot. First we sketch and make 3D models in the computer to study and confirm. When in the next stage we have worked out the design in construction drawings the design process doesn’t end. We keep following the project closely through completion to ensure structural integrity and longevity.

CONSTRUCTION

We collaborate with engineers and local craftsmen, many of whom are descended from generations of traditional adobe builders and wood carvers. Onsite we work together with these craftsmen building the earth bags entirely by hand.

FURNITURE

For each home  we can make our designs for the furniture inside and outside. With the traditional skills of the craftsmen we can build the floors,kitchens, clayovens, beds, stairs, chairs and tables.

BUILDINGS

We are reinventing the rules of what a building can look like. These buildings are a testament of the power of earth and sustainable self-sufficient architecture.

 

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