Rammed earth walls go up at a very early stage of a project and sometimes we don’t get back to photograph the finished building. This is just a small sampling of our work.
In 2016 we built the rammed earth walls for three houses in a four house subdivision in Eumundi, in the Noosa hinterland. One of the houses, 'Avonlea' received a Commendation for residential design in the 2018 Architecture Awards.
Hogg&Lamb Project, Chandler
A detailed construction for a large home in south Brisbane designed by Hogg&Lamb Architects. The walls are 6.6m high, with numerous cut outs. Michael Hogg described the finished rammed earth as "travertine like" (see his close up photo).
You can follow progress of this project on Hogg&Lamb's Instagram feed.
Blackwater Aquatic Centre, Central Queensland
Our rammed earth walls played a key part in the design of this large commercial project designed by LiquidBlu Architects, winning them the Australian Institute of Architects 2018 Public Architecture Award. In that award, the rammed earth walls were cited by the jury as a factor in the decision, "the bulwark-like outer layer of rammed earth walls wrap themselves around three elevations, affording refuge from the harsh environment."
This modern rammed earth cottage cleverly opens up on one side to a creek, providing a tranquil yet ever-changing view for its lucky residents. Designed by Murray Cox, Architect. Situated in Northern NSW, the climate is ideal for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Mt Mee Rural Residence
This beautiful new rammed earth home faces north on a rural property. A particularly clever touch is the north facing roofed patio, which takes in the expansive views and acts as a sun trap during the day. At night it is heated by the double-sided combustion heater that also warms the living room - inspired! The rammed earth wall it is installed within forms the external wall of the living room.
This rammed earth extension for an existing home near Toowoomba, Qld, doubled its size.
University of Queensland Wildlife Centre
The new UQ wildlife research centre at Hidden Vale has an extensive internal core of rammed earth walling. The research centre was made possible by an $18.5 million bequest from the Turner Foundation, and is situated on a 3100 hectare nature refuge. The Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Facility being made available to UQ staff and students will include a captive wildlife and breeding centre and a permanent release facility. Designed by WD Architects.
Garangula Art Gallery, Harden, NSW
Multi award-winning private art gallery near Harden, NSW, designed by FKM Architects of Sydney and built by Manteena, ACT. The extensive high rammed earth walls took the best part of a year to build. Material from the property was incorporated into these walls.
"This project has proven that rammed earth is not just a solution for traditional construction but is equally at home in the most contemporary of design elements. The incorporation of indigenous artist Jonathon Jones’s untitled artwork (buuagang nurrambang) which features in the rammed earth at front entrance of the Gallery is testament to the limitless possibilities of rammed earth and John’s skill as an artisan." - Rod Mitton, Operations Manager, Manteena (see the rest of Rod's comments here)
We were asked to create dramatic feature walls for the new Recreation Centre in the Halcyon Glades Over 50’s Community. These walls are largely composed of sandstone based materials, with some oxides included in areas.
Halcyon Glades have said that the monolithic rammed earth wall that extends the length of Halcyon Glades Recreation Club provides "a definitive architectural statement that compliments the pitched roof and expressed timber columns". You can read more of their story on their web page, here.
A quirky country cabin with lots of charm, featuring a curved wall behind a rammed earth open fireplace. We used pressed metal to form a pattern on the front panels of the fireplace, reflecting the pressed metal used in the bathroom.
Montville Pavilion House
Two pavilions overlook a magnificent view over Baroon Pocket Dam on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, SE Queensland. Rammed earth walls anchor the house to the ground and provide thermal mass, full height glass walls provide a stunning view from every room in the house. Designed by Sparks Architects, this home is spectacular. Featured in the July 2018 edition of Home Beautiful magazine.
Ribbonwood Ave, Maleny House
We designed and built this 3 bedroom, 1 studio/office, 3 bathroom home on a sloping block in central Maleny to be easy-care and passive solar. Built of rammed earth and colorbond, with a deck of modwood and a roof of insulated sandwich panels, there is little work to maintain this house.