Stained glass window for the Chip-Slip Sauna
The ‘Loop-de-loop’ is a very large curving cob bench created for the BRING Planet Improvement Center, located in Eugene, Oregon. The project uses urbanite for the foundation and cob for the structure of the bench. The ‘loop’ was built using adobe blocks and a five foot clear span form. The roofing was created with salvaged toilet tank covers in twenty different colors that continue up and through the loop and back out the other side. The main part of the bench is intended for group seating for informational tours and student programs at BRING, while the loop creates a great place for employees to have lunch with a friend out of the rain. The bench is covered with earth plaster … Read More »
A passive solar greenhouse built from cob, light clay-straw and salvage materials. The existing backyard had several concrete pads for old sheds, so we cut them into squares and stacked them up for some thermal mass on the inside of the greenhouse, which are located to get direct sunlight only during the winter months. It also freed up the yard for garden space. The wood framing came from deconstructed sheds and decks on the property and we only needed to purchase a single piece of lumber! We infilled the wood frame with sculptural cob on the east and west walls, insulative clay-straw on the north wall, and reclaimed sliding glass doors as windows on the south. There are also operable … Read More »
This octagonal strawbale building was created for the Suscol Intertribal Council of California. I joined Bob Theis, Tracy Theriot (Tactile Interiors) and Yoshi (Tactile Interiors) along with dozens of Native American volunteers and an intertribal Americorps Program. We inherited the structural frame from another designer and then added an gravelbag foundation, custom strawbales, heavy straw-clay sculpted windows and nichos, and earth plaster. The roof is insulated with natural sheep's wool and earth plastered as well. The roof is also a living roof with concentric rings of local stones retaining several sections of it. Since this intertribal land is home to many sacred dance ceremonies, the building will primarily be used for a changing and waiting area. The elders will finally … Read More »
This cob bench was built as part of a sculpture competition called "Art in the Heart of the City" on the Ithaca Commons. The foundation uses seconds stones from a local quarry. The arches were built with adobes and then cobbed together. The mosaic is set with earth plaster grout. The adobes were pre-fabricated and the bench was built during the Ithaca Festival of 2009. Hundreds of people got to watch its construction and learn about natural building. It was only intended to be on display for six months, but it has since survived several winters without a roof and remains a favorite play structure for the local kids.