Rammed Earth: Customize Your SIREWALL Design
Thousands of years ago, builders in Asian, Middle Eastern and European civilizations were ramming earth into forms to create walls and buildings that have stood the test of time. Think the Great Wall of China, castles and fortified homes, temples and sacred spaces – each carefully constructed and connected to its surroundings using mainly rammed earth.
In today’s built environment, SIREWALL blends seamlessly within local surrounds, even with the most innovative designs. SIREWALLS have a distinctive, visceral connection to the earth. Not only stunning focal points, they are solid, structural foundations with unsurpassed thermal mass. Because SIREWALLS are a composite of inorganic soil rather than a product of the biosphere, SIREWALL has essentially the same lifespan as a rock. SIREWALL is a legacy for many future generations, with virtually no maintenance.
SIREWALL Founder Meror Krayenhoff and the network of SIREWALL Licensees have constructed dozens of beautiful award-winning homes and buildings over more than three decades, working with architects and engineers to ensure that the designs work soundly with other building features.
“The Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre is located in the most endangered landscape in Canada… North America’s largest rammed earth wall gives the building exterior a unique material and poetic sensibility. At 80m long, 5.5m high and 600mm thick, this insulated wall (R33) stabilizes temperature variations. Its graduated layers of earth evoke geological sedimentation within a distinctly contemporary architectural language.”- 2008 World of Architecture Festival
“When we set out to do rammed earth for this important public building in Pinedale, we knew there was no room for experimental or exotic construction, or any system whose performance we could not count on… It [SIREWALL] has succeeded beyond our best expectations and has become the talk of the town…”.- John Carney, founding principal of Carney Architects, FAIA, of the Sublette County Library.
SIREWALL Founder Meror Krayenhoff and the network of SIREWALL Licensees have constructed several beautiful award-winning homes and buildings for over three decades.