The Cob Village will provide 20 resident units and 8 visitor units with a social/recreational/developmental focus of artistic and creative expression. In support of this, this village will provide a central playhouse and presentation structure and 4 different wings dedicated to art and creativity. Each wing will feature a different large-scale maker’s space and a separate large-scale social and recreation space. The village will house 30-50 people and be open source shared with all the same details, and level of detail, used in the Earthbag Village and Straw Bale Villages.
This page contains the following sections related to the Cob Village:
Note: We are currently seeking those who consider themselves experts in any one of the above maker’s space areas to help us design the details for each of the maker’s spaces. If you’d like to help, CLICK HERE.
Cob is an ancient building material composed of dirt, straw, and water that may have been used for construction since prehistoric times. Some of the oldest man-made structures in Afghanistan are composed of rammed earth and cob and still standing! We will build the cob village to offer another open source self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration community, village, and city option for community living, eco-tourism establishment, and global propagation and education.
This village will also offer 4 maker’s spaces. These maker spaces will provide creative and educational design space for all residents and visitors. The central hall will provide large-scale dining and seating for 200+ people with two stages for presentations of artistic creations, dance, comedy, and theater. The maker’s spaces are in the North half of each living space and will include:
In addition to the maker’s spaces and central dining and presentation space, this village will also offer:
THE LAYOUTS OF THE MAKER’S SPACES STILL NEED TO BE DESIGNED. CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE EXPERTISE IN ONE OF THESE AREAS AND WOULD LIKE TO HELP
Cob construction has been used for thousands of years, can be formed into most shapes, and is very sustainable as a building material. As One Community continues open sourcing large-scale sustainable village models, the Cob Village will utilize the remaining straw from Pod 2 (and more as needed) to demonstrate what is possible with large-scale sustainable construction using cob and rammed earth. The maker’s spaces and associated living spaces will house top artists interested in sharing their gifts and creative talents with One Community, each other, the world through open source videos and classes, and visitors as part of the One Community fulfilled living model and their community contribution towards further development of the 7 sustainable villages and internships within the Highest Good education program.
The Advantages of cob construction are many:
Cob construction also has some limitations:
All aspects of the Cob Village will be open sourced for replication as either individual components or as part of the complete village. Just as we are doing with the Duplicable City Center, Earthbag Village (Pod 1), and Straw Bale Villages. Once those three are complete, we will produce for this village the same level of detail for the materials lists, build-time and labor details, construction plans, permitting needs and strategies, and much more for all components. Here are additional images and overviews of some of the key components of this this village:
The Northwest wing of the Cob Village will house the woodworker’s maker space and 6 residences. It is set back sufficiently from the South wings so as to eliminate shading. The woodworker’s maker spaces will feature a complete woodworking shop, an open floor plan capable of hosting woodworking classes of 30+ people, and large-scale materials storage shed. It will be sound proofed and set back from the residences as dictated by safety code. Workshop equipment plans currently include a bandsaw, jointer, panel saw, table saw(s), lathe, 4-sided planer, drill press, pin router, drum sander, and radial arm saw. We’ll update this list when we design the complete layout.
The details of the maker’s space still need to be designed (Click Here to help) but here are realistic renders of the living spaces. The living spaces in this area feature high-arched roofs that will contribute to rainwater capture, large and open floor plans, and attached bathroom, and unique window designs for each unit that will be created with 100% reclaimed windows.
The Northeast wing of the Cob Village will house the metal and glass maker’s space and 6 residences. It is set back sufficiently from the South wings so as to eliminate shading. The metal and glass maker’s spaces will feature a complete metalwork shop and glass blowing space, an open floor plan capable of hosting classes of 30+ people, and its own large-scale materials storage shed. Equipment will include a furnace for glass and metal as well as all necessary machinery and tools. It will be sound proofed and set back from the residences as dictated by safety code.
The details of the maker’s space still need to be designed (Click Here to help) but here are realistic renders of the living spaces. The living spaces in this area feature high-sloped and layered roofs that will contribute to rainwater capture, large and open floor plans, and attached bathrooms.
The Southwest wing of the Cob Village will house the painting, masonry, and pottery maker’s space and 8 residences. These maker’s spaces will feature a complete workshop with everything needed for creation with all three of these mediums and an open floor plan that will double as recreation space and be capable of hosting classes of 30+ people. Equipment will include an oven for firing pottery and all necessary machinery and tools for painting, masonry, and pottery. It will be sound proofed as needed and built to meet the highest safety code standards.
The details of the maker’s space still need to be designed (Click Here to help) but here are realistic renders of the living spaces. The living spaces in this area feature dome lofts, smaller floor plans, and separate bathrooms.
The Southeast wing of the Cob Village will house the weaving and textile maker’s space and 8 residences. The weaving and textile maker’s space will feature a complete workshop with everything needed, an open floor plan that will double as recreation space and be capable of also hosting classes of 30+ people. Equipment will include everything necessary for creating textiles, and designing clothing and anything else desired from fabric or cloth. It will be sound proofed as needed and built to meet the highest safety code standards.
The details of the maker’s space still need to be designed (Click Here to help) but here are realistic renders of the living spaces. The living spaces in this area feature high ceilings and lofts, smaller floor plans, and separate bathrooms.
The central dining and recreation hall will provide large-scale dining and seating for 200+ people with two stages for presentations of artistic creations, dance, comedy, and theater. This dining hall features a full commercial kitchen, walk-around second floor with additional seating, elevator for wheelchair access, and enough space for conventions of 400+.
Concept renders coming…
On top of the central dining and recreation hall is the rooftop dining and recreation space. This space will feature covered and uncovered seating for eating, recreation, and relaxation plus outdoor grills, tables, and additional seating for hosting private and group activities and festivities.
Between the North and South wings are the central outdoor recreation spaces. These will consist of open source playground and sitting spaces that incorporate cob and other natural elements and design details as much as possible. Here are a couple concept renders showing how we think the playgrounds will look.
In addition to the open source playgrounds shown above, we’ll also be open sourcing DIY chairs, benches, and tables made with cob. Trellises and shade structures will also incorporate cob and other natural elements, as shown in the concept renders below.
Here’s a video showing what is possible with cob:
Pod 3 is designed to demonstrate large-scale sustainable housing that is maximally artistic and creative. It will also provide large-scale maker’s spaces for artistic, functional, and sustainable enrichment of One Community. In addition to this, the Cob Village is expected to house our first full-time artist community members. Living in these residences, there should be sufficient need that full-time artist members of One Community (if they so desire) will be able to contribute 100% of their community contribution time to applying and sharing their artistic skills through open source classes and creations offered as part of our positive global transformation goals, Highest Good Education program, and development of the rest of the One Community villages and property.
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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.
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.
The Cob Village was designed thinking of the Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the Fire Element (“ka” & “hi”-“huǒ”) from the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. These ideas coincided with the maker-space and creative expression focus of this village. Further inspiration for each of the different wings of this village came from thinking of music, weaving, painting, and sculpting and choosing room and roof designs that represented each of these. The associated color of “yellow” 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 Diversity, Freedom, Contribution, and Personal Growth.
To further share the design process for this village, here are some of the initial renders and design drawings:
Here is a timelapse video of the lighting design work completed by Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer). This shows a progression of the many steps necessary to create the lighting in a real-to-life render like the ones above.
Dean Scholz: Architectural Designer
Diana Vieira: Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Douglas Simms Stenhouse: Architect and Water Color Artist
Flávia Galimberte Bozeda: Architecture and Interior Design Student
Guy Grossfeld: Graphic Designer
Mayke Balbino: Architecture and Urban Design Student
Nelli Levental: MFA of Graphic Design and College Professor
Raquel de Oliveira Alves: Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Renata Maehara: Civil Engineering Student and Drafter
Sayonara Batista: 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student