Sandbag Houses

Problem to be solved:

The project replaces traditional brick-and-mortar foundations with a less costly two-story structural frame made from timber combined with sandbag construction as fill for the walls. The design borrows from indigenous, mud-and-wattle building techniques that keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter.


Building of the house turned into a community project, with local women pitching in. Inhabitants constructed houses that utilize locally available materials and that can be expanded according to necessity.

Designer: Luyanda Mpahlwa
Country: Germany
Year: 2007

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