Straw Bale House
Project duration: ongoing
Realized: estimate, summer 2015
Straw Bale House is an ongoing pilot project for a private client. Straw bale houses have a history of 100 years in the USA, but have only been built in a few occasions in Sweden. Advantages of straw-bale construction over conventional building systems include the renewable nature of straw, cost, easy availability, naturally fire-retardant and high insulation value.
The house will function as an extension of an existing summer house. It is divided into a sleeping/living room and a cold storage. The house has a structural timberframe and the straw bales are used in between the frames for isolation. The walls of the living area are going to be plastered with clay plaster, which is less toxic and energy intensive than many other wall coverings. The storage walls and the roof are going to be clad with wood.