Earth is used
for architectural construction for thousands of years.
The recent search for sustainability has given a renewed attention
towards earth architecture, for its environmental-friendly
and economic building materials.
Reconstruction of a village in the Bay of Baratti
during the Bronze Age
(XI - X centuries B.C.). The walls of the huts are built with earth.
Etruscan Concept of the Cosmos in wich three major forces operated:
heavenly (orange), earthly (green) and under worldly (blue). This division
of the universe was used not only in divination but also in the planning of
cities and in the placement of temples and buildings.
Groundplan of the project of an agricultural barn under construction
since 2008 in the Bay of Baratti. This building will be used by the
Country Communication Centre for their Eco-activities, connected
with Living and Building with Earth.
Reception, shop and activities in the pavilion
Frida explaining the Etruscan concept of the cosmos
Daniela, our Chef preparing natural food in the outdoor kitchen
Building dry-stone walls by our traditional craft worker
Dry-stone walls are added in 2018 in Unesco Heritage of Humanity
As we have a lot of dew in the morning, Daniele created a
possible solution to gather the condensed moisture
Sedum is growing on the roof
Drying of the flax and hemp harvest
Frida and Vittoriana working on the program of activities in 2019
The creation of the green roof with earth and sedum plants.
Preparation of earth and filling the bags
Installation of the bags on the roof
Covering the bags with earth and planting the sedum
WORKSHOP of 1 October 2017 with architect Antonio Carmilla:
maintenance of the last plaster
Mixing of the materials: clay, potsherd, flax and water
Preparation of the wall and applying the grout
|Impressions of summer workshop 2016|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2015|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2014|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2013|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2012|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2011|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2010|
|Impressions of summer workshop 2009|
Photographs of the workshops
are created by:
Edo Zanandrea and Jurriaan Smit