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.
This page contains the following sections related to the Straw Bale Village:
The 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:
The 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.
Brianna Johnson: Interior 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 Oliveira: 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Shilcy Augustine: Architect
The Advantages of straw bale construction are many:
Straw bale construction also has some limitations:
As we continue open source project-launch blueprinting the straw bale village and all of its components (food production, waste repurposing, energy infrastructure, water collection and storage, etc.), build them, and problem solve and evolve them for One Community (and with others around the world) we will develop this page as the portal detailing comprehensive open source and free-shared specifics needed for do-it-yourself duplication of each component. These instruction manuals and resources will cover the following areas of this open source village model:
|What we’re working on now|
|Remote construction camp setup and maintenance|
|Building plans for all components|
|Detailed materials list and cost analysis for all components|
|Do-it-yourself multi-media resource and information hub|
|How to work with local government if permitting is needed|
|Detailed tools and equipment list, best place to buy, and cost analysis for all components|
|How clear and prepare your site for your build|
|Detailed build-time investment needs for each component based on our building experience|
|Excavation and construction of the footer and foundation|
|Flooring setup, construction, and maintenance|
|Detailed plans for how to build custom furniture to maximize home beauty and functionality|
|Complete village plumbing design and setup|
|Window and door framing|
|Complete village electrical design and setup|
|Heating and cooling research, plans, and adaptations by us and others|
|Detailed shower dome and toilet dome maximally energy efficient water heating specifics|
|How to install and utilize water catchment for each structure and the whole village model|
|Plastering, sealing, and weather proofing the inside and the outside of your natural home|
|How to install and maintain internet and a WiFi network for an off-grid community/village|
|Automation, monitoring, and control systems design, setup, and data gathering and sharing|
|How to make your build easier than ours and how to solve any problems we encountered in our build|
|Complete and on-going maintenance and upkeep details per our experience with all village components|
|List of everyone who helped us design and build this so they can be contacted to help with modifications|
|Archive and database of others building similar structures including their experiences, adaptations, etc.|
|Comprehensive remote-village-construction emergency fire, medical, and evacuation plan|
|All of the above for the complete Earthbag Village|
|All of the above for complete renewable energy infrastructure|
|All of the above for complete sustainable food infrastructure|
Renders and detailed descriptions of all the other featured aspects of this village are coming…
The Straw Bale Village 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: 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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Straw Bale Village Initial Drawing (left) – Straw Bale Village in CAD (right)