The Cob Pits – ready to roll

After the success of the first Build Free day, the volunteers and the interns of SacredGroves became quite positive about the cob work. The idea of “EVERYONE CAN BUILD” had to be brought up at a large scale. Moreover, the sudden shortage of funds made it impractical to continue with the concreting going on for the 3 houses of the SacredGroves project.… READ MORE...

Humble Peter and his PVC Dome

Architects in Auroville believe in working together and encourage each and every idea to make the place better. Peter Matthias Anderschitz, an architect from Berlin who has been in Auroville since 1971 needed some help from the SacredGroves volunteers. A group of eight volunteers from SacredGroves were present at the Savitri Bhavan campus to help him to lift and align an 8 meters in diameter geodesic dome made up of PVC pipes.… READ MORE...

The Living Wall

What is the fastest way to build a wall with no skilled masons or labourers?

As is the case with most solutions at SacredGroves, this was also done by foraging through piles of demolition rubble for materials ideal to build a wall quickly.… READ MORE...

Bamboo From The Forest!

The new toilet complex here, at SacredGroves, needed a permanent roof. It was designed to be a sloping roof in the form of a half pyramid to cover the toilet cubicles, leaving the shower area open to sky. A sloping roof aids efficient water run-off.… READ MORE...

Shower Makeover!

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The existing shower was a temporary one made of bamboo supports and bamboo mats. Gradual termite infestation over a period of 3 months led to its needing renovation. In a span of three days, the following repairwork was done.

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The columns of the frame were replaced with new bamboo and small tree trunks.… READ MORE...

Shells For Roofs!

For a cluster of three houses at Sacred Groves, a series of 9 organically shaped water tanks have been proposed. The shell design for their roofs is unique. The challenge of the shell roof construction lies in the organic shape and finding the resourceful waste materials to implement this construction technique.… READ MORE...

The Sacred Dorm

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With more people coming to work at SacredGroves, our community felt the need for a place to house its volunteers on site. A few months ago, such a place was realized in the form of a two-storey pointy-roofed wooden structure sitting cozily in the forest edge, partly hidden by the foliage around it.… READ MORE...