Modern Architecture Goes Back to Basics to Encourage Community to Consider Building with Natural Materials

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Earth Structures created the new Cadogan House in Lancefield, Victoria by using highly sustainable natural resources, which are compatible with the dry and hot climate of the area. The structure is a reminder of the many benefits of traditional building techniques that still work for this era.

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The Cadogan House in Lancefield, Victoria

In a remarkable way, most inhabitants of our buildings speak of the innate happiness and serenity that more natural living environments can bring.

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The Cadogan House in Lancefield, Victoria which was designed by Marcus Roberts from the Benloch Studios in Mt. Macedon and created by Earth Structures is one of the exciting new structures of the area. Earth Structures incorporated rammed earth walls to Cadogan House The people behind the project want to highlight the amazing quality of the walls which, according to Rick Lindsay, the managing director of Earth Structures, “collect heat from the sun during the daylight hours and release that warmth during the night to warm a home.” In some locations a home with this kind of wall may even eliminate the need for electric cooling and heating systems.

The Cadogan House is a dwelling place that also serves as an inspiration for builders and homeowners who want to reduce their future construction projects’ environmental impact. The main thing about rammed earth construction is that it’s not really a new technique but rather a revival of traditional building practices that make use of natural resources that are cost-efficient and devoid of the typical chemicals used to strengthen construction materials. As people become more aware of the environmental consequences of using synthetic products, they also develop a great appreciation for the raw quality of natural resources. Lindsay points out one important benefit of choosing natural building materials; “Eliminating the chemicals found in some traditional building materials results in improved air quality. This is an especially valuable side effect in an era when more and more people are susceptible to allergies and other airborne toxins.”

People who are fascinated with a more natural lifestyle and would like to have an earth dwelling that is in harmony with the environment may find that rammed earth homes are what they have been looking for all along. Lindsay shares, “In a remarkable way, most inhabitants of our buildings speak of the innate happiness and serenity that more natural living environments can bring.”

The Cadogan House in Lancefield, Victoria serves as a reminder that there are available options out there – options that not only provide great benefits but make a difference as well.

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