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Straw Bale Village – One Community Pod Two

The straw bale architecture village (Pod 2) is the second of seven different sustainable village models to be built. The straw bale village was chosen as the second village to be built because it will demonstrate modularly expandable sustainable housing and a focus on family-based social spaces. It demonstrates the straw bale method of construction along with many eco-artistic external and functional internal options.

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WHAT IS A STRAW BALE VILLAGE

Straw Bale Village, One Community Pod 2The Straw Bale Village consists of fifty-two 250-300 square foot (23-28 sq meters) studio-style rooms, each with an attached bathroom. They are arranged in groups of 4 that can easily be connected and or converted to create multi-room units. This village model also includes 11 common areas: a kitchen and dining area capable of feeding 150+ people, computer room, meeting and conference room, children’s art and playroom, game room, outdoor playground, outdoor barbecue area, outdoor dining area, library, gym, and central social area with a gas fire pit that can be covered to provide a stage. The circular design of this pod is heating, cooling, and resource efficient with plans for the center that include fruit trees, recreation space, and water collecting and storage via the decorative waterways. The circular design helps with temperature control in the center as well as keeping animals away from the orchard. Once the earthbag village (Pod 1) is complete, this village model will provide 40 resident units and 12 visitor/guest demonstration units.

Some of the key features and intentions for Pod Two’s design include:

  • 52 living units
  • 11 common areas
  • Straw bale construction
  • Built-in food production
  • Artistic and beautiful to live in
  • Completely ecologically friendly and sustainable
  • Complete village projected to cost less than $2,000,000
  • Will demonstrate a model that can be expanded modularly by others
  • Communal use kitchen, computer room, and lounge designs and layout
  • Central gas fireplace with stadium seating can be covered and used as a stage
  • Goal for 100% water to be supplied by surrounding water catchment from all structures
  • Color theme is Green with Family and Community as the social/recreational theme

Brianna Johnson (Interior Designer), also began exploring color templates and materials for the Straw Bale Village (Pod 2). Here are examples of what we ultimately settled on.

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WHY A STRAW BALE VILLAGE

Straw Bale Village, One Community Pod 2The straw bale housing teacher/demonstration community, village, and city model is purposed for open source project-launch blueprinting and building modularly expandable sustainable housing. Using the double torus design we will build the first few units to completion to show what is possible on the small scale, and then add onto those units to demonstrate how this style of communal housing could be expanded as a community or village need for housing expands, adding additional units as necessary while simultaneously improving energy efficiency and creating a growing space protected by new units. The double torus design also allows for easy modification of the internal structure at a later time to connect or separate rooms based on community resident/family needs. The straw bale village model will become an option for ownership and long-term residence for the Pioneers that have been with the project from day 1. When complete, Pod 2 will be the largest straw bale construction in the world (2x the size of the current largest building) utilizing approximately 20,000 straw bales for the build.

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CONSULTANTS ON THE STRAW BALE VILLAGE DESIGN

Brianna JohnsonInterior Designer, Architectural Drafter and 3D Modeler
Dave Walen
: Architectural Drafter & Designer and owner of Dave Philip Walen Design
Douglas Simms Stenhouse: Architect and Water Color Artist
Renata Maehara: Civil Engineering Student
Sayonara Batista de Oliveira4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Shilcy AugustineArchitect

ADVANTAGES OF THIS BUILDING METHOD

The Advantages of straw bale construction are many:

  1. Sustainability: Straw is a 100% renewable material, a waste product of wheat or rice producation, and absorbs CO2 during growth and locks it into the home construction. In addition, a comprehensive carbon footprint analysis of straw bale materials production, transport, and use will usually yield a significantly lower footprint
  2. Beauty: Straw bale walls are at least eighteen inches thick and this adds an aesthetic value to a home that is desirable but rare due to the expense it would incur with conventional construction. This wall thickness provides beautiful and useful flat surfaces throughout the home while additionally helping to reflect sunlight and brighten rooms. It also means every window can have a window seat or shelf, providing both an aesthetic and practical design element. Further adding to the aesthetics, straw bale walls can also be carved with a knife or chainsaw. This means openings around windows or doors can be bullnosed to a nice radius, and nitches and/or sharp angular edges can be carved into the bales whevever desired too
  3. Easy to Build With: The basics of straw bale construction are easily understood by even novice builders. With supervision by one effective straw bale Project Lead, first-time builders can be a part of the complete construction process and expect to build with success
  4. Low Cost: If you live in an area where wheat is grown, straw bales are easy and affordable to acquire
  5. Great Thermal Insulator: The average straw bale home will provide insulation values between R-30 and R-35 and U-values of between 0.19 and 0.11 W/m2K. The thicker the bale, the higher the insulatory value
  6. Fire Retardant: The density of straw bales and common encasements (like plaster/render or plasterboard) make them highly resistant to fire
  7. Healthy: Straw bale walls can provide an excellent foundation for an organic, VOC-free and low-allergen living environment
  8. Great Sound Insulator: The thickness and density of straw bale construction makes walls excellent sound barriers

LIMITATIONS/DISADVANTAGES OF THIS BUILDING METHOD

Straw bale construction also has some limitations:

  • Availability: Straw bales are not available everywhere so sourcing materials may be difficult and/or impractical in some locations. If straw bales are not available within a few hundred miles of your construction site, the cost of shipping them, along with the potential pollution from the transportation, should be taken into account
  • Pre-construction Materials Must be Kept Dry: Straw bales are susceptible to decay and rot if they get wet before being protected within the wall construction
  • Potential for Infestation: Straw has no nutritional value to rodents but can still become a home to them if not properly stored before installation
  • Wall thickness: Walls as thick as straw bales will increase the building footprint
  • Weather Constraints: The need to keep straw bales dry before and during construction makes the weather an important consideration for most projects. Areas of extreme humidity and rain may not be appropriate for straw bale construction
  • Funding and Insurance Challenges: It can be more difficult to obtain building insurance and/or construction financing due to lack of understanding of this building method and its structural properties

 

STRAW BALE VILLAGE OPEN SOURCE PORTAL

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ADDITIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Renders and detailed descriptions of all the other featured aspects of this village are coming…

 

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SUMMARY

Straw Bale Village, One Community Pod 2Pod 2 is designed to demonstrate affordable, sustainable housing that can be modularly expanded with maximum ease. The straw bale construction method and torus design with centrally located bathrooms were chosen for this reason. As with Pod 1, the goal of Pod 2 is also maximum space and resource efficiency combined with artistic elements, shared common spaces designed for specific common uses, water catchment off all structures, and more.

 

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Q: Where can I get more information about your philosophies for world change?

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Q: What makes this design “maximally modularly expandable?”

The current tetradecagon (14-sided polygon) design was chosen because it will be able to be easily modified by others into a variety of snake-like and winding patterns that will be able to be lengthened as the population of the teacher/demonstration community, village, or city increases. As the winding pattern lengthens it would also increase the wind buffer for any adjacent food production.

Q: What were the initial inspirations for these designs?

With 7 villages to be designed, and a desire for artistic and unique appearances that also had a deeper relationship to the purpose/intent of each village, we drew inspiration from the 7-chakra system from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. The Straw Bale Village was designed thinking of the Heart (4th) Chakra from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the Air Element (“fū” or “kaze”) from the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. These ideas coincided with the family and community focus and helped inspire the circular design, and centralization of the recreation spaces in the “heart” of this village. The associated color of “green” helped develop the color palette for this village and we further aligned, diversified, and distinguished the purpose and intent of the village by looking at One Community’s core values and focusing on the values of Love & Connection, Community, and Fulfilled Living.

Note: One Community does not endorse or subscribe to any one spiritual philosophy. You can read more about our philosophy on spirituality and religion on our Spirituality Page

Here are some of the initial renders and design drawings for the Straw Bale Village:

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Initial drawing and renders by Douglas Simms Stenhouse, Architect and Water Color Artist

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Overview Rendering of Straw Bale Pod 2

Magnified Floor Plan: Cross Section and Two Different Layouts

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Internal Perspective of Pod 2 Looking Toward the Greenhouse Walkway

Pod 2 Magnification of Common Areas

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Pod 2 Magnification of Mechanical Room Under Entry Common Area

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Straw Bale Village Initial Drawing (left) – Straw Bale Village in CAD (right)

Initial conversion from drawing to AutoCAD done by Dave Walen, Architectural Drafter & Designer and owner of Dave Philip Walen Design

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