For more than a decade now, we have been building houses out of unbaked earth – more commonly known by its French name ‘pisé de terre’, which means ‘rammed earth’. Our approach makes it possible to build contemporary homes using traditional methods, which
we have adapted to meet modern standards of comfort. The distinction is in the combination of ancient and modern building materials: rammed-earth and cement, terracotta and concrete tiles, wood and metal.
Our experience has shown us how to harmonise buildings with their natural surroundings; how to excavate with a view to garden design, while extracting ample soil to build the house itself. Sourcing our basic building material directly on site also reduces the cost and environmental impact of transport.
Our designs are holistic: the outdoor spaces are defined by the construction of the house itself, and much of the furniture is built into the structure. Decoration is kept to a strict minimum, featuring only the handiwork of Moroccan craftspeople. Windows and doors are made of unfinished or painted metal, with proven resistance to wear and tear. Inner doors are made of painted wood or cedar.
RAMMED-EARTH ARCHITECTURE: COMFORTABLE AND FRIENDLY
The physical properties of rammed earth translate into energy savings that reduce heating and air-conditioning costs. They also make for a very special kind of comfort – the kind of comfort that our clients say adds indefinable warmth to the house.
To appreciate what it feels like to live in one of our rammed-earth homes, why not stay in Dar Al Hossoun, our old house in Taroudant, now run as a guesthouse by new owner Ollivier Verra.
LIVING SPACES FASHIONED FROM EARTH…