‘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.

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan existing school

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan mock up of ceiling system at full scale

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan mock up of ceiling system at full scale

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan structural binding detail

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan structural binding detail

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan raw construction materials for cob walls

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan production of cob walls

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan built from nature and returned to nature diagram

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan context plan

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan site plan

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistanfloor plan / level 0

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistanfloor plan / level 1

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan section + materials

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan climate adapted design diagram

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan earthen building diagram

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan concrete building diagram

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan elevation

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan elevation

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction process

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction process

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction process

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction process

ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure: earthen school in pakistan construction process