In just one visit you cut across 12 months of technical presentations, descriptions, and specifications by us which had been met with doubt, scepticism and interrogation on the part of the Client. The political decision maker and other members of the Client body were convinced there and then. …SIREWALL is of its time, but is timeless. It is a more appropriate and more solid form of construction, better adapted to climatic variation, comfort and low energy consumption. It responds to a desire for authenticity of local materials, colours and textures – and is a beautiful material.”
Through your help, and guidance we were able to convince our clients that Rammed Earth was sustainably the correct material to use. Your research and work on this technology clearly made them understand that this material was low energy, durable and aesthetically unique. Your hands on field work and training of construction crews helped us overcome any issues of buildability and detailing which we may have had.”
This very strong yet entirely discreet cultural centre becomes a site museum – one which innovatively re-presents the locale’s desert earth in the form of an insulating rammed-earth wall. Although very large, the chameleon-like wall defines an ambiguous threshold between landscape and building and positions the partially buried auditorium and exhibition room with strategic orientation. These intimate spaces seem to be defined by a tamed earth and sky rather than walls and ceilings.