house was built by local people and volunteers. It is a
load bearing straw bale house with an additional roofed
area, structurally separate from the main house. The straw
bale walls sit on earthbag foundations, and are plastered
with an earthen plaster. Inside the floor is an earthen
floor. The roof is a living roof made using straw bales,
which will eventually decompose as the roof grows naturally.
The house nestles amongst small farms and woodland. It was
designed and built to melt in to its surroundings which
it does well.
used Earthbags as foundations for the house. The Earthbags
were partly jute partly polypropylene sacks filled with
damp sand, so sandbags really. We started the first course
under the topsoil and built 600cm above ground level. Because
the walls were going to be straw bale, we placed anchors
for the wall straps, under the bags.
runs a trust called Earth
Hands and Houses
which gives courses in Poland. Here are their courses
for 2011 .