October 5, 2010

The Superadobe Root Cellar is growing!

The Superadobe root cellar is taking shape! With the help of students, residents and staff it grows coil by coil.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Superadobe construction, it is a method of natural building created by Nader Khalili. This approach is a modern form of adobe which utilizes bags of local soil in the form of coils which are stabilized with barbed wire between each layer. This method uses arches, domes, vaults and apses to create structural strength and beauty. Though, this method can be built into the more traditionally modern rectangular structures.

Everyone involved is excited to see this project progress and move towards completion. Upon completion, this wonderful structure will be able to house a variety of edible goods from the Alderleaf farm without the need for refrigeration. It will also be another great example of a natural building utilized on the Alderleaf Campus.

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