Straw Bale Micro Building by Studio 1984

Designed by Studio 1984, the “Nest” is a compact eco-home concept made from wood and straw. It was originally conceived as an entry to Archi<20, a design competition for low-cost, environmentally-friendly architecture in France.

Around a wooden frame, straw bales are attached. A simple roof keeps it dry. The interior can be used for whatever you imagine. This example was built in three weeks and sits on an acacia wood frame so it leaves little to no impact when removed.

Read more about it a New Atlas.

268 Square Foot House of Straw

Straw bales are stacked like bricks to form the outer shell of the home. Wood posts and beams are embedded in the straw bales to support the roof, window and door headers. Metal lath and plaster is used for interior and exterior finishes. The end result is a durable, environmentally friendly home.” – Off Grid Shelters

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280 Square Foot Guest House in Chile

For the walls, bales of straw were in use stuccoes in mud, given its high thermal efficiency and for being an abundant material in the zone. These are protected from the rain by plates of transparent polycarbonate, which leaves in evidence the materiality and zinc waved in the parts top and low.” – ArchDaily

See more of this Guest House by AATA Associate Architects

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House Of Straw

Perhaps the first Little Pig was right all along. In a demonstration about how to build a simple structure made entirely of recyclable or reusable materials, a small Parisian architecture firm called Studio 1984 chose straw as the main building material, designing a cozy, 15-square-meter “nest” that even the Big Bad Wolf would have to admire.” – Randy Woods

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National Straw Bale Building Code is a Go!

A historic day for straw bale construction!
Thankfully, we’ve never had to worry ourselves about local building codes, but there are many, many more folks who regularly struggle with codes when attempting to build a natural home in their area. And so the following news is very welcome, not just for those folks, but for a potential ecological/cultural tidal shift, as well. Earlier in October, an appendix on straw bale building was approved for inclusion in the 2015 International Residential Code for one and two-family dwellings. The IRC is basically the foundation for building codes all across the US.” – Ziggy

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Tiny Straw Bale Cabins

The options available with styles, building techniques, and materials used to create tiny houses are various (vive la différence!). Some tiny homes rest on solid foundations while others are on trailers. Some are modern in style and others more rustic. The list goes on and there is something out there for everyone.” – Gabriella Morrison

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Tiny House in a Landscape

This week Tiny House Blog has this tiny house in a landscape to share.

“This is a tiny house in Western Massachusetts, USA on a very fine farm (the best milk products in the region!). I love the living roof and the woodsy setting. They also built the shed next to the house – not sure of its use (outhouse?). The house is straw bale and homemade by the farmers.”

via Tiny House in a Landscape.

Free Tiny House/Straw Bale Framing Report

If you’ve wanted to learn more about straw bale construction here’s an opportunity for some free information.

“To celebrate the upcoming launch of our new Framing DVD, we are giving away our 12,442 word, 34 page FRAMING REPORT for free. Further, everyone that downloads our Report also has the opportunity to receive the FULL ARCHITECTURAL PLANS FOR THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CABIN for Free with every purchase of our new Framing DVD when it launches. The plans are a complete set and have all of the information you need in them in order to build your own Mountain View Cabin.”

Read more abut this Free Tiny House/Straw Bale Framing Report.