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Earth Block Village – One Community Pod 4

The Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) will demonstrate a new level of artistic and functional creation for the eco-construction world. Built from compressed earth bricks/blocks, this village will demonstrate the durability, affordability, and creative potential that is possible with this ultra-sustainable building method. Being planned as a beautiful and creative education and health and wellness retreat village, the Compressed Earth Block Village incorporates a 2-story half-moon design with 10 treatment rooms, 4 classrooms, 2 meeting halls, kitchen and dining for regularly feeding 150+ people, laundry for 300+ and a diversity of rooftop and outdoor recreation and relaxation areas.

It will be the 4th of the 7 villages planned and open source and free-shared in complete detail. This page contains the following sections related to the Compressed Earth Block Village:

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WHAT IS A COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village | Concept Render (click to enlarge)

To put into perspective what is possible with earth blocks, here are some examples of the types of blocks that can be made with an earth block press.

Compressed Earth Blocks from the Auram 3000

Compressed Earth Block Diversity Possible with the Auram 3000 – click for info PDF

Here are the proposed floor plans:

One Community Compressed Earth Block Village Floor Plan

One Community Compressed Earth Block Village Floor Plan – Click to Enlarge

Here is the landscaping plan:

One Community Earth Block Village Landscaping Plan Final, 640

One Community Earth Block Village Landscaping Plan Development – Click to Enlarge

 

WHY AN EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE

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In addition to this, the Earth Block Village is expected to house our first full-time health and wellness-provider community members. Living in these residences, there should be sufficient need that a full-time Dentist, General Practitioner, Optometrist, Nurse, Yogi, Massage Therapist, and/or other health related members of One Community (if they so desire) will be able to contribute 100% of their community contribution time to applying and sharing their health and wellness skills. Wherever possible, they will also help contribute open source classes and other learning opportunities we’ll offer as part of our positive global transformation goals and Highest Good Education program.

We will open source share this village with all the same details, and level of detail, used in the Earthbag Village and Straw Bale Village to provide another self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration community, village, and city option for community living, eco-tourism establishment, and global propagation and education.

And Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) created this Final Compressed Earth Block Village Front Area Looking Southeast render.

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Main Entryway Looking Southeast

 

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ADVANTAGES OF
EARTH BLOCK CONSTRUCTION

The advantages of earth block construction are many:

  1. A local material (Materials to make earth blocks are plentiful and can often be found locally reducing transportation costs and environmental impact. Earth blocks can often be made at the construction site which eliminates the need to transport the materials required to build the walls.)
  2. A bio-degradable material
  3. Helps with management of resources and limits deforestation
  4. Energy efficiency and eco friendliness
  5. Cost efficiency
  6. An adapted material
  7. A transferable technology
  8. Market opportunity
  9. Long lasting (Earthen homes have been around for thousands of years. Earth Blocks will last for centuries. Average life of a wood frame building is 70 years.)
  10. Reducing imports
  11. Flexible production scale
  12. Social acceptance
  13. Earth buildings provide better noise control
  14. Earth construction is economically beneficial
  15. Earth construction is environmentally sustainable
  16. Earth construction is regarded as a job creation opportunity
  17. Earth construction promotes local culture, heritage, and material
  18. Earth is available in large quantities in most regions
  19. Earth is very good in fire resistance
  20. Earth walls (loam) absorb pollutants
  21. Easy to design with and high aesthetic value
  22. It balances and improves indoor air humidity and temperature
  23. It encourages self-help construction
  24. It requires simple tools and less skilled labor
  25. Loam preserves timber and other organic materials
  26. Provide a nice place to live and work (Earth Block structures are warm, solid, and quiet. It has been described as having a warm comfortable blanket wrapped around you)
  27. Environmentally sound (Earth Block structures can use up to 20 to 30% less energy to heat and cool than concrete block or wood frame structures. Dirt is a renewable resource that is plentiful. Earth Blocks take very little energy to make compared to the extreme heat necessary to make cement, the firing process required to make bricks, and the deforestation required to build with wood. Earth Block walls are sound proof, fire proof, bullet proof, bug proof, and mold proof)
  28. Non-Toxic (Since the blocks are made from natural material they do not out-gas any toxic chemicals)

 

LIMITATIONS/DISADVANTAGES OF
EARTH BLOCK CONSTRUCTION

Compressed earth block construction also has some limitations:

  1. Proper soil needs: improper soil can’t be used to make earth blocks because each material used for the earth block has to be well proportioned to make the blocks work. Untrained teams or lack of proper material will produce low-quality bricks
  2. Foundation needs: A compressed earth block wall requires at least 25 cm (10”) thick and 33% wider than the wall width
  3. Structural limitations: Wide spans, high & long building are difficult to do (Due to the weight of the Compressed Earth Block structures are mostly limited to two stories unless a reinforced concrete skeleton is used and Earth Blocks are used as infill)
  4. Low technical performances compared to concrete
  5. Over-stabilization through fear or ignorance about this building method can lead to poor designs
  6. Under-stabilization resulting in low quality products
  7. Bad quality or un-adapted production equipment
  8. Low social acceptance due to failed examples (due to unskilled people, bad soil and/or equipment)
  9. Earth construction is labor intensive
  10. CEB houses behave poorly in the event of earthquakes
  11. Special skills needed for plastering
  12. Creating earth blocks onsite is very economical and sustainable, transporting them decreases this
  13. Suitable for small structures but larger spaces will require additional construction to be achievable

 

ADDITIONAL EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE DETAILS

All aspects of the Compressed Earth Block 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 and Earthbag Village (Pod 1). Once those are complete, we will produce for this village and the other 5 villages the same level of detail for the materials lists, build-time and labor details, construction plans and process, permitting needs and strategies, etc. for all components.

Click the links below for additional images and descriptions to help you learn more about the key features planned for this village:

 

OPEN FLOOR PLANS

The Compressed Earth Block Village consists of 50 living/rental spaces with 4 primary floor plans: South-wing Single, South-wing ADA (American Disabilities Act) Compliant, North-wing Single, and North-wing Double. All rooms are a short walk to the Kitchen and Dining hall, adjacent to the Central Kids’ Play Area and Relaxation Space, and with easy rooftop and North-garden access.

Compressed earth block village room layouts

Room Layouts: #1 – South-wing Single | #2 ADA Compliant | #3 North-wing Double | #4 North-wing Single

Here is a concept render of a South-wing Single unit. There will be 30 of these living and visitor units (#1 in the image above) featuring large and open floor plans, spacious closets, a full bathroom, and beautiful views with and lots of natural light from the south-facing sliding glass doors.

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Living Space South Wing Single – Click to Enlarge

Here is a concept render of the South-wing ADA-Compliant living unit. There will be 4 of these wheelchair-optimized units (#2 in the image above) with the same features as the South-wing Singles: large and open floor plans, spacious closets, a full bathroom, and beautiful views with lots of natural light from the south-facing sliding glass doors. These units are also the closest to the main entries and with easy access to the elevator, Dining HallGame Room, and other recreation spaces.

One Community Earth Block Village living South Wing ADA Final Render, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Living Space South Wing ADA – Click to Enlarge

In addition to the South-wing rooms, there will also be 8 North-wing Double units and 8 South-wing single units. All these units have full bathrooms, large closets, separate living rooms, and south-facing views of the beautiful central landscaped kids’ play area and relaxation space. Double units have an additional North-facing room with space for a small in-room office area with a desk, windows with views of the extensive North landscaping and recreation/relaxation spaces, and a North-facing patio with these views too.

 

KITCHEN AND DINING FOR 300+

The Earth Block Village kitchen and dining areas are purposed to regularly feed 150+ people, with capabilities for many more in the case of events. The commercial kitchen will offer self-service dining with seating for over 130 people. Additional upstair seating can be set up to accommodate up to 200 more. Outdoor seating is available for 300 and the rooftop area could additionally seat hundreds more. All-in-all, the kitchen and dining area for this village when at maximum capacity are intended to host as many as 1000 people at a time.

This is important because events with groups of this size are intended for One Community once we have completed this 4th of the 7 villages planned. The North labyrinth is large enough to host and seat groups for concerts or other large outdoor events and the Entrance Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting/Public Events space, and rooftop spaces are also all large enough for groups and events of 100-300+ people. Each of the areas described could also be segregated to host a diversity of different events with food produced in the centrally-located kitchen to provide catered and self-serve dining for each event/group.

Here are concept renders of the kitchen:

One Community Earth Block Village Kitchen Looking Northeast with people Final Render, Hamilton Mateca, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Kitchen Render Looking Northeast – Click to Enlarge

One Community Earth Block Village Kitchen Looking West Final Render with people, Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator), blog 238

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Kitchen Render Looking West – Click to Enlarge

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Kitchen Render Looking North – Click to Enlarge

HEALTH AND WELLNESS TREATMENT ROOMS

There will be 8 multi-purpose massage/treatment rooms and 2 multi-purpose medical offices in the East wing of this village. All of these rooms will feature large sliding-glass doors providing natural light and beautiful views of the North or South landscaping. The North and South landscaping by these areas is also designed for use as massage space, meeting space, or other wellness activities and classes like Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, etc. Large indoor classrooms for these activities are available just down the hall (along with the public restrooms). Rooftop space is also available and easily accessible directly above for these activities. Like the Dining Hall and Labyrinth, the classrooms, outdoor, and rooftop spaces are designed to collectively host hundreds when desired.

Here is a concept render of one of the multi-purpose medical offices featuring open floor plans, ample natural light, and desks large enough for two people plus patients.

One Community Earth Block Village Office Final Render

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – East Wing Office Spaces – Click to Enlarge

Here are two renders of the multi-purpose treatment rooms. These rooms also include a desk, treatment table, and enough space and chairs for multiple people to comfortably be in this room at once. Sliding glass doors also provide easy access to outdoor areas designed for use as massage and/or treatment spaces also, when desired.

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Multi-purpose Massage/Treatment Room Looking South – Click to Enlarge

Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer), Compressed Earth Block Village final render of the Massage and Treatment Room Looking Northeast, One Community

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Multi-purpose Massage/Treatment Room Looking Northeast – Click to Enlarge

 

INDOOR RECREATION AND SOCIAL SPACES

The Earth Block Village is designed with a variety of indoor recreation and social spaces capable of hosting 100s of people. These areas include:

  • Entrance Hall: A reading, study, and relaxation space also usable for large events
  • Game Room and Event Space: For recreation, weddings, birthdays, etc.
  • 2nd Floor Meeting/Public Events Hall: A hall capable of hosting 200-400 depending on use
  • Wellness and Educational Classroom Spaces: Designed for exercise or learning
  • East Rooftop: The East rooftop is designed for classes like Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, etc.
  • Central Rooftop: The central rooftop areas designed for outdoor dining, events and relaxation
  • West Rooftop: The West end of the rooftop is designed for smaller/private events and features seating for around 30 people with barbecues and small tables. A similar area is also available on the West end of the 2nd floor.

Here is a concept render of the Entrance Hall being used for reading, study, and relaxation.

And Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) created this Final Compressed Earth Block Village Front Area Looking Southeast render.

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Entrance Hall Looking Southeast

The centrally located public bathrooms are large enough to handle our biggest events and will feature water and energy saving designs with sustainable waste processing.

One Community Earth Block Village Men's Bathroom with people Final Render, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Men’s Bathroom – Click to Enlarge

 

GAME ROOM AND EVENTS SPACE

The Game Room and Events Space will function daily as a social and recreation space for residents and visitors. It will also be available by reservation for events like weddings, birthdays, etc. It features sweeping views of the entire North landscaping area and Meditation Labyrinth and Concert/Class Amphitheater, easy access to the Kitchen and Dining Hall, and an adjacent chair storage room that can also be used for larger events. It is also adjacent to the main Meeting/Public Events space and can be used if needed as an additional room for events being held there.

One Community Earth Block Village Game Room, Final Render, Hamilton Mateca, blog 232

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – 2nd Floor Game and Recreation Room – Click to Enlarge

 

2ND FLOOR MEETING/PUBLIC EVENTS HALL

The 2nd floor Meeting/Public Events Hall is large enough to host 200-400 people depending on use. It has South-facing windows for natural light and to help with passive heating. Couches and chairs line the perimeter so this space can be used for relaxation, recreation, socialization, or semi-private dining when not used for an event. Storage for 100s of chairs and other event-related needs is conveniently located just off the North end of this room. Its location next to the Game Room and Event Space also supports multi-room functions if needed.

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – 2nd Floor Event and Meeting Space Southwest – Click to Enlarge

WELLNESS AND EDUCATIONAL CLASSROOM SPACES

In the East wing of the Compressed Earth Block Village there are 4 classrooms. Each classroom can be used for education or wellness classes like yoga, tai chi, qi gong, etc. For educational use, the West-most classroom is designed with storage for enough chairs to supply all four classrooms. All these rooms feature South-facing sliding glass doors for natural light and passive heating. The outdoor areas are also designed so that classes can also be hosted directly outside of each indoor class area.

Earth Block Village, Classroom Looking West, One Community, Hamilton Mateca, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – Classroom Looking West – Click to Enlarge

 

OUTDOOR RECREATION AND SOCIAL SPACES

One of the primary offerings of the Earth Block Village will be open sourcing the extensive landscaping designs we have planned. These designs will all be constructed sustainably and with as much use of compressed earth blocks as possible. The designs incorporate water-wise landscaping, rainwater collection and storage with seasonal ponds and water features, plus food forest design and a diversity of food producing and medically beneficial plants.

The details of the following outdoor recreation and social spaces we intend to open source are included here:

Here is an overview of all of these spaces.

One Community Earth Block Village Landscaping Plan Final, 640

One Community Earth Block Village Landscaping Plan Development – Click to Enlarge

Earth Block Village – One Community Pod 4, Hamilton Mateca, 2nd floor outdoors looking east

One Community Earth Block Village – 2nd Floor Outdoors Looking East – Click to Enlarge

Earth Block Village – One Community Pod 4, 2nd floor rooftop looking West, Hamilton Mateca,

One Community Earth Block Village – 2nd Floor Rooftop Looking West – Click to Enlarge

CENTRAL KIDS’ PLAY AREA AND RELAXATION SPACE

The Central Kids’ Play Area and Relaxation Space (Zone 17) is located between the North and South residential wings of the Earth Block Village. This area features water-wise landscaping and planting, seating for relaxation and socialization, water fountains, a trickling stream, and beautiful ponds. The fountains are designs so kids can play in them and they drain into the trickling stream (2″ deep) that feeds and is fed by the ponds (12″ deep), all also shallow enough for children to play in them when the weather is warm enough.

One Community Earth Block Village ZONE 17, Detail-without-Text, Final Render, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 17 – Click to Enlarge with Additional Details

One Community Earth Block Village ZONE 17 Complete Final Render, 640

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 17 Details – Click to Enlarge

 

NORTH SUNKEN PLAZA, YOGA ZONE, & OUTDOOR GYM

The North Sunken Plaza, Yoga Zone, and Outdoor Gym areas (Zones 8 & 9) are located North of the Earth Block Village and just South of the Labyrinth and Zone 2 Japanese rock gardens. These areas feature a variety of walking paths and seating, water-wise landscaping and planting, an outdoor gym, space for outdoor yoga classes, and a variety of variable-height features that make this area interesting a usable for a diversity of different recreation, relaxation, and/or exercise activities. The gym and various exercise spaces also integrate with the extensive Kids’ Playground and Exercise Space directly East.

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 9 – Click to Enlarge

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 8-9 – Click to Enlarge

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 8-9 Complete – Click to Enlarge

The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 8-9 Details – Click to Enlarge

 

PLAYGROUND AND EXERCISE SPACE

The North Playground and Exercise Space (Zone 11) is located just North of the outdoor dining area, South of the Labyrinth and Zone 2 Japanese rock gardens, and directly East of the central walkway access to the Labyrinth. This area is first and foremost an extensive kids’ playground area. As such, it features tunnels and climbing areas, off-ground walkways, large open spaces for running and play, and ample seating for parents to relax and watch while the kids play. The Yoga Zone and Outdoor Gym are also just West of this area if parents or kids want to use those areas in conjunction with this one.

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 11 – Click to Enlarge

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The One Community Compressed Earth Block Village – ZONE 11 Details – Click to Enlarge

 

LABYRINTH AND CONCERT/CLASS AMPHITHEATER

Detailed descriptions and additional images are coming…

 

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SUMMARY

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

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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.

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 Earth Block Village was designed thinking of and researching the 3rd Eye (6th) Chakra from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism and the element of Sky-Void-Heaven (“kū” & “sora”) from the Japanese 5-elements philosophy. The associated color of “indigo” 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 ContributionPersonal Growth, and Honesty & Integrity.

Compressed Earth Block Village Color Palette – Click for High-Resolution PDF

To further share the design process for this village, here are some of the initial renders and design drawings:

First designs were pyramid designs drawn by Nelli Levental, MFA of Graphic Design and College Professor for Classes in Sustainable Design. These designs were ultimately abandoned due to compressed earth block limitations for structure height and the inefficiency of space use in pyramid designs.

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Initial Earth Block Pyramid Designs

Erika Yumi TamashiroPedro Borba, and Victor Oliveira, three Architecture and Urban Planning interns, then worked with our team to create the foundations for version 2.0.

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team started designing the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4). For this, they researched fabrication, construction techniques, and structural behavior of earth blocks. Then, they determined some initial concepts for this village based on a central theme and created preliminary sketches.

Initial Brainstorming for the Earth Block Village Redesign

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team improved their preliminary designs of the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) to include the best solar orientation during the Winter Solstice and began designing the village in Revit. They also updated the final lighting design reports for both the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village.

The Earth Block Village Initial 3-D Render

Erika, Pedro, and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team brought the architecture design for the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) to 80% completion, which included adding the layouts for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and public restroom. They also started creating images of the exterior facade.

The Earth Block Village further evolving in 3-D and the first AutoCAD Designs

This led to this concept render that was then finished by the core team working with Guy Grossfeld.

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Earth Block Village Original Floor Plan and Concept Render (click to enlarge)

Shilcy Augustine further developed the East wing floor plan and then Hamilton Mateca helped to evolve the rest of the designs in AutoCAD and Revit, developing this village into the plan and renders featured above. Here are some of the initial images from this process.

Compressed Earth Block Village, renders in progress, One Community, Hamilton Mateca

Earth Block Village Floor Plan Design Evolving with the work of Hamilton Mateca

Aparna Tandon helped to design the complete landscaping details. Here are some of the initial images from this process.

Aparna Tandon (Architect) continued her work on the Compressed Earth Block Village external elements. What you see here is her 28th week of work, focusing on more development of Zone 8 and the pergolas needed for around the labyrinth, as shown here.

Earth Block Village Landscaping Plan Design Evolving with the work of Aparna Tandon

 

CONSULTANTS ON THE EARTH BLOCK VILLAGE DESIGN

Aparna TandonArchitect – Creator of the complete landscape design for this village
Erika Yumi TamashiroArchitecture and Urban Design Student
Guy Grossfeld: Graphic Designer
Hamilton MatecaAutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer
Nelli LeventalMFA of Graphic Design and College Professor
Pedro Borba: Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Sarah Felippe: Architect and Masters of Urban Design Student
Sayonara Batista4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student
Shilcy AugustineArchitect
Victor Oliveira: Architecture and Urban Planning Student

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