03 July 2024

Building on the Built with Martin Rauch

It was a pleasure to host Martin Rauch, founder of Lehm Ton Erde, who gave an inspiring lecture at Building on the Built last week at our studio.

Martin is a world-renowned expert in rammed earth construction, having been a consultant on some of the most daring and innovative examples utilising this seemingly rudimentary method in recent times. Most pertinently, Martin worked tirelessly on our recently completed Rammed Earth House in Wiltshire. His invaluable experience provided the basis for the design of monolithic castle-like earth walls that erode gently over time thanks to lime ‘checks’, revealing a deeply textural surface.

Martin’s presentation revolved around themes including accessibility, structural qualities, precedents, his own Austrian home composed from rammed earth and the future of architecture materiality.

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