Natural Architecture and Natural Building

-Ar. Ram Mohan Shastry

What is Natural Architecture?

Before that, lets try and understand,

What is a Natural Building?

  • Is it a space designed and built using what can be categorized as naturally available materials?
  • Is it a space designed and built using the techniques developed which are determined to be from a particular time period?

Sacred Groves : 2018-2019

Hello there! Here’s an update of work at Sacred Groves from the year 2018 & 2019.

Prototype Houses

Carbon Footprint CalculatIon

In a comparative study of our prototype scale structure built with contemporary materials to the one built with natural building technology, it shows that natural & up-cycled construction saved up-to 59.5% of Carbon emissions.READ MORE...

Many hands make light work

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. – John Ruskin
How hard is it to build a wall seamlessly flat? If you ask a skilled tradesman, they might respond with “why are you even asking me…”; if you ask an average white collar employee with relatively no understanding of building walls, they may be stumped at ‘how hard is it to build a wall…’.… READ MORE...


Sacred Groves was introduced with an Aquaponics system by a volunteer from Belgium, named Giri, back in October 2015. After which many of the volunteers and interns at Sacred Groves were inspired to have an experiment with a fully functioning aquaponics system.… READ MORE...

FLOw with it! – By Aditi for FLO

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We are happy to introduce one more water filtration project after the success of Aquaponics. An experimental initiative has been taken by a volunteer, Flo, from Germany. The following article is about his proposal and intentions.

The system proposal is to collect grey water and urine from the shower area , that is consuming 1,000 liters.… READ MORE...


After long working hours , we the volunteers at Sacred Groves now have the luxury of enjoying a very relaxing fish spa all thanks to our new member in the family Giri. Giri from belgium whose very interested in Aquaponics, came down to Auroville and got to know about the Sacred Groves project through a mutual friend .… READ MORE...

Why are the Cob Walls so thick?

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The morning breaks with the affectionate (intended though not ingested) wakeup call from the house mother. Unwilling, sleepy and drowsy all share smiles and morning greetings participating in the zombie walk to the Sacred Circle. The day’s tasks include scaffolding adjustments, tarp stitching and a concrete parapet making on the mezzanine floor slab of the third prototype house.… READ MORE...


As promised in one of the previous posts, to keep you all informed about the works done and currently going on site, today, we start with the mezzanine slab which was laid in the third house, i.e. the family unit.

Mezzanine slab in the third house is children’s play area, and to provide families who will be living in the house, a space for leisure activities.… READ MORE...