Samford Valley Residence, Queensland
From the architects, WD Architects: "This completely wheelchair-friendly home began as a concept designed by the owner who engaged WD Architects to assist in bringing it to fruition. We acted in an advisory and technical capacity and as a sounding-board for the owner to achieve his vision. With beautiful rammed earth work by Rammed Earth Constructions, and heavy timber work by Adam Warburton."
Pine Mountain Residence
We were asked to create colourful feature walls for this family home in SE Queensland. Mission accomplished!
Kybong Residence, Gympie Qld
Situated on top of a hill just south of Gympie, Qld, this home features many arched doorways and columns in addition to external and internal rammed earth walls.
This rural property was designed using passive solar strategies and incorporates many sustainable features, including rammed earth, ritek insulated panel roofing, clerestory and louvre windows, and solar power. It also collects rainwater and deals with its own wastewater.
Doonan House, Sunshine Coast, Qld
This award winning house in Doonan is a combination of rammed earth on the ground floor with fibre cement sheeting and colorbond on the second floor. Built around the pool, the house provides the perfect conditions for easy indoor-outdoor living in this subtropical climate. The ground floor has a polished slab as the floor covering. See the owners’ comments […]
Jericho Station Homestead
Pretty Plains Station homestead, Jericho, Central Queensland. Rammed earth walls of 400mm and 500mm thick keep the internal temperatures in this home regulated in the fierce climate of central Queensland. One wall is 900mm thick, houses the slow combustion wood heater and flue and features a vent in the rammed earth.
Dayboro Rammed Earth & Strawbale home
This award winning home in Dayboro, SE Queensland achieved a 9.5 star energy rating, and was designed by WD Architects. As well as our rammed earth walls, it also incorporates straw bales. It was a finalist in the 2010 BPN Sustainability Awards, and features in Warm House, Cool House by Nick Hollo.
There is a wire brushed finish on this rammed earth 'mountain cottage' style house, built in 2003. The wire brushing removes form work lines and leaves a textured finish.
Pelican Waters residence, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
A far-from-standard 3 bedroom family home including an upper storey on one side with a parents retreat. Rammed earth forms all the external and many of the internal, garage and garden walls. The owners say, “As far as building products go, rammed earth is for us… The eco credentials of rammed earth are of the highest levels, as is evident […]
“Mandalay”, Coolum Chase
"Mandalay", Coolum Chase, Sunshine Coast. A series of pavilions make up this rammed earth home.
Rammed Earth Construction
The rammed earth walls in this home feature a ribbon of different coloured earth that runs around the house. It's an eye-catching addition to the walls which is attractive and interesting without being overwhelming. The house also features a rammed earth fireplace, creating by ramming large stones of the same material within the formwork, and filling in with the rammed earth material. As the wall went up, we transitioned to smaller stones and finally to just soil material. The open timber beams in the house are a strong and very attractive feature of the house, and were a key factor in the design.
Bribie Island House
Built in 2002 by an engineer, this home was unusual in its canal estate placement at the time. Designed using passive solar design principles and to be energy conscious, it was also energy producing, generating wind as well as solar power. The rammed earth provided thermal mass, and the clerestorey windows allowed sunlight to heat the central walls at appropriate times of the year, but the design excluded it at other times (using the angle of the sun). Electric blinds shaded the large glass windows when necessary, and a vergola opening roof sheltered the central courtyard between the two wings of the house.