NATURAL BUILDINGS

 

As a kid I have spent almost every vacation at my grandmother’s place. This house is in the farms where milk is got from cow every morning, vegetables from the farm, a little water pond close to the house and a lot of trees to play on.… READ MORE...

INTERIORS OF SECOND HOUSE

LIME WASH:

PREPARATION:

THE LIME WASH USED IN SECOND HOUSE CONTAINS KADAKAI, JAGGERY, COW URINE AND LIME. THIS MIXTURE WAS CHOSEN AMONG ALL THE EXPERIMENTS BECAUSE OF ITS GOOD FINAL FINISH. IN THIS MIXTURE, KADAKAI, JAGGERY AND COW URINE ACT AS BINDERS TO THE LIME.READ MORE...

THE WOOD WORKSHOP:

After the construction of ladder house and the shipping containers, the Sacred-Groves community felt the need for a space that volunteers and interns can use to do table-top activities and work with power tools. Thus came about an initiative for a workshop.… READ MORE...

The Xaher house:

Xaher house is a house that is being built at Sacred Groves to manifest the idea of Build free. One of our regular volunteers Xaher, needs a permanent house at Auroville and the rest of the volunteers are pooling in their free time and come together to build this house.… READ MORE...

FALLING LADDERS:

The construction of falling ladders started with the need of an increase in accommodations for interns and volunteers on site. The aim of the construction was to have a low cost structure that can be easily dismantled and built elsewhere.

STEPS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FALLING LADDERS:

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THE DORM:

The design:

• The dorm was raised up to 3ft to prevent insects, snakes and scorpions and to get protection from flooding as heavy rains are very common in this region.
• Because the climate is moist and dry for most time of the year the walls were conceived to be a jail wall to provide ample ventilation.… READ MORE...

COMMON HOUSE:

A shipping container is used to transport large amounts of goods on ships and trains. By itself, it looks pretty boring, but with a little imagination the container can be turned into strong and safe spaces with multiple functionalities.

We wanted to create a central space that will allow all the on-site volunteers to come together and spend some leisure time.… READ MORE...

EARTH BAG CONSTRUCTION:

Earth bag construction is a type of Advanced Building Construction. It is also popular as super adobe. In this type of construction cement bags are used as the form work for the earth.
The design:
The earth-bag dome was conceived as a very simple dome structure with a solar chimney at the top to keep the air circulating.… READ MORE...