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Rammed earth eco-building

Rammed earth eco-building

La Raia’s cellar – and its pisé walls designed by Austrian architect Martin Rauch (a real pioneer of such a technique) – is one of the rammed earth buildings mentioned by Dominique Gauzin-Müller in her presentation of the exhibition which has generated Terra Award, the international architectural prize of which she is now curator, and the related book (edizioni Museo/CRAterre 2016). Constructions in adobe, i.e. clay and straw blocks, mixed clay or pisé are part of human millennial know how worldwide, as witnessed by the travelling exhibit hosted during the 2017 Furniture Fair Salone at Fabbrica del vapore (terra-award.org). Rammed earth hasn’t been used for decades, in favour of cheaper industrial materials. Nevertheless, in the last years, contemporary architecture has rediscovered it, in connection with sustainability and energy efficiency issues. «Earth has a great potential for improving our present and building our future», affirms Martin Rauch, describing his project at La Raia. «Rammed clay walls breathability helps constructing condensation free buildings, able to control air humidity. Rammed earth thermal inertia, i.e. its ability of collecting heat, and its high thermal insulation coefficient allow saving heating management costs. The complete absence of indoor pollutants, in addition, makes it perfect for creating healthy spaces for living, working, or storing food. The material chosen for building La Raia’s cellar, in fact, has a very positive impact on wine conservation. The joint use of materials like wood, glass, ceramic and clay renovates and develops the technique we adopted for an innovative architecture, which can act as a bridge between past and present and, at the same time, as a launching pad towards future ».

Rammed earth eco-building

A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis

Rammed earth eco-building

News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.

This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability.
After several editorial (Rizzoli / Corriere della Sera, Giorgio Mondadori / AD-Architectural Digest Italia and Mondadori) and TV experiences (Rai 2, Il Piacere di Abitare), she writes articles for D-Dcasa, Il Venerdì de La Repubblica and Mark Up. She’s member of the ADI (Industrial Design Association) Sustainability Committee. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.