ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan
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nov 29, 2011
ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan


‘tipu sultan merkez’ by ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure, jar maulwi, pakistan
all images © holcim foundation

‘tipu sultan merkez’ earthen school in jar maulwi, pakistan by berlin-based architectural and engineering
practice ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure has received this year’s holcim award for
sustainable construction within the asia-pacific region. the first level of of the two-story building is constructed
with cob walls comprised of locally sourced clay, sand, straw, water and earth. resting upon brick foundations,
the interior spaces are protected from moisture penetrating from the ground or rainwater. the upper floor
is a bamboo framework filled with an earthen mixture.

the combined result of the structure absorbs humidity and the mass of the thick 60 centimeter bearing walls
reduces the temperature of interior spaces by 8 degrees celsius during the 40 degree summer heat. local residents
were able to build their new community facility by implementing appropriate construction technologies and
skills which were already present within the village.


existing school


mock up of ceiling system at full scale


mock up of ceiling system at full scale


structural binding detail


structural binding detail


raw construction materials for cob walls


construction


construction


construction


production of cob walls


built from nature and returned to nature diagram


context plan


site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1


section + materials


climate adapted design diagram


earthen building diagram


concrete building diagram


elevation


elevation


construction process


construction process


construction process


construction process


construction process

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