The longest rammed earth wall in Australia and – probably – the southern hemisphere.
At 230 metres long, the rammed earth wall meanders along the edge of a sand dune and encloses twelve earth covered residences, created to provide short-term accommodation for a cattle station during mustering season. With their 450mm thick rammed earth facade and the sand dune to their rear and forming their roofs, the residences have the best thermal mass available, making them naturally cool in the subtropical climate.
The rammed earth wall (construction) is composed of the iron rich, sandy clay that is a dominant feature of the site, gravel obtained from the adjacent river and (bonded with) water from the local bore (hole).
The design of the accommodation represents a new approach to remote North Western Australia architecture, moving away from the sun baked, thin corrugated metal shelters to naturally cooled architectural earth formations.
Awads: 2016 UNESCO endorsed TERRA Award for Earthen Architecture, Winner, Collective Housing Category
2016 Archdaily, Building of The Year Award
2016 Architizer A+ Awards
Judges choice Award
2016 Australian Institute of Architects,
Western Australian Awards, Finalist
Location: North Western Australia Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli Project Architects: Kristina Sahlestrom, Edward Birch, David Mitchell Interior Designer: Sarah Foletta Builder:Jaxon Construction Rammed Earth Contractor: Murchison Stabilised Earth Pty Ltd Landscaping:Tim Davies Landscaping Structural Consultant:Pritchard Francis Environmental Consultant:Floyd Energy Photography: Edward Birch