The Great Wall of WA by Luigi Rosselli

The Great Wall of WA

The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

The longest rammed earth wall in Australia and – probably – the southern hemisphere, has been selected as a finalist in the (Australian Institute of Architects) Western Australia architecture awards.

The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

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.

The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

With their 450 mm 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 Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

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 Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

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. Source by Luigi Rosselli Architects.

The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch

Location: North Western, Australia
Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Team: Kristina Sahlestrom, Edward Birch, David Mitchell
Interior Designer: Sarah Foletta
Builder: Jaxon Construction
Rammed Earth Contractor: Murchison Stabilised Earth Pty Ltd
Structural Consultant: Pritchard Francis
Environmental Consultant: Floyd Energy
Photographs: Edward Birch, Courtesy of Luigi Rosselli

The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Photo © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of WA
Site Plan
The Great Wall of WA
Ground Floor Plan

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