Straw Bale Village – One Community Pod 2

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. We discuss them all with the following sections:

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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 200+ 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.

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The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render (click to enlarge)

Some of the key features and intentions for the Straw Bale Village 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
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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 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 circular 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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ADVANTAGES OF
STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION

The Advantages of straw bale construction are many:

  1. Sustainability: Straw is a 100% renewable material, a waste product of wheat or rice production, 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 niches and/or sharp angular edges can be carved into the bales wherever 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. This makes straw bale a great choice in climates where heating and/or cooling of the home is essential for comfort
  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
  9. Biodegradable: Straw is 100% biodegradable, and at the end of a straw bale building’s lifespan, the material can gracefully return to the earth, leaving no toxins behind

 

LIMITATIONS/DISADVANTAGES OF
STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION

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
  • Permitting Challenges: As with most alternative building methods, much thought needs to be put into the final design and getting proper approval/permits from your local building authority can be a challenge

 

STRAW BALE VILLAGE OPEN SOURCE PORTAL

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ADDITIONAL STRAW BALE
VILLAGE DETAILS

All aspects of the Straw Bale 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 two 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:

 

EXPANDABLE LIVING SPACES

The Straw Bale Village consists of fifty-two 250-300 square foot (23-28 sq meters) studio-style rooms, each with an attached bathroom. Units with lofts are on the external/outside ring of the torus and studio units are on the internal/inside ring of the torus. Bathrooms are between the units.

Straw Bale Village Apartment Section

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Section

The design arranges the units in groups of 4 that can easily be connected and or converted to create multi-room units. Doors for making these connections will be framed in during the design process so repeated conversion from single to multi-room units and back again will only require removing or creating a doorway. This will allow for units as large as 4-bedrooms/4 full baths or as small as 1 bedroom/1 full bath studios or 2 bedroom/1 full bath family units with lofts. All units will feature skylights, their own bathrooms, and kitchenettes.

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Apartment Exploded View, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Exploded View

Studio residences will look like what is shown in the pictures below. They will be smaller and won’t have lofts, but they benefit from being the inner ring of units with the easiest access to all the public spaces in the center of this village.

Straw Bale Village Studio interior, Final Render, Brianna Johnson

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Studio Interior Looking East

Studio Interior render looking West, Straw Bale Village, Brianna Johnson, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Studio Interior Looking West

The outer ring features the units with lofts. These units are big enough for a family with a bedroom upstairs and downstairs. Being on the outer ring, these units will have the most convenient access to the surrounding nature trails and other recreational activities outside the village.

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Apartment Living Room, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Living Room

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Apartment Loft, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Loft

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Apartment Bedroom, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Bedroom

Here is a render of what the bathrooms will look like. All the bathrooms are the same for both the studio units and the family units.

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Apartment Bathroom, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Apartment Bathroom

Here are a couple overview renders showing 4 easy access walkways from the outside to the inside and vice versa. These walkways along with additional in/out access through the main kitchen and dining area make circulation throughout this village easy regardless of where a person’s residence is. Everything is just a short walk away.

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Exterior Overview, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Exterior Overview

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Exterior Overview, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Exterior Overview

 

CENTRAL SOCIAL AND RECREATION SPACE

In the center of the village is a recreation and social space with stadium and loft seating for 150+ people surrounding a central fireplace. This fireplace will run entirely on biogas and convert into a stage when not used as a fireplace.

Straw Bale Village, One Community, Central Social Area with the Chimney Closed final render

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Central Social Area – Closed Chimney

The kids’ playroom is shown in the back with slider windows so parents can be with their children and still enjoy activities happening in this room. The fireplace/stage is also visible from this room and special family seating is available between the room and the fireplace/stage too.

To convert the fireplace into a stage, the fireplace can be covered and the chimney withdrawn as shown below. The planks for covering the stage are stowed beneath the front-row seats and opening the chimney will be accomplished using remote control winches mounted along the 2nd floor. In less than 10 minutes, this will create a stage for performances, leading classes, or other presentations and/or social events.

One Community straw bale village final render Open Chimney

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Central Social Area – Open Chimney

 

LARGE-SCALE KITCHEN AND DINING FOR SERVING 200+

The main entrance to this village will provide large open spaces and access to the large-scale kitchen and dining for over 200+ people. Extra chairs and use of the outer dining areas and central seating area would allow us to host groups as large as 500. The kitchen basics can be viewed now because they will be modeled after the City Center open source kitchen designs.

One Community straw bale village final render Kitchen

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Kitchen

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Cafeteria, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Cafeteria

One Community straw bale village final render bathroom exterior

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Bathroom Exterior

 

OPEN SOURCE INDOOR COMMUNITY SPACES

In addition to the large-scale community kitchen, the Straw Bale Village also includes a diversity of other community spaces. These will include a gym, game room, kids’ playroom, library/study and computer room, meeting and conference room and more. All of these spaces will be open source designed and shared for replication as part of this village or as individual/standalone straw bale structures.

One Community straw bale village final render Gym

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Gym

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Game Room, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Game Room

Final Render Straw Bale Village Playroom, One Community, Brianna Johnson

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Playroom

Brianna Johnson Final Render Straw Bale Village Library Workspace, One Community

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Library Workspace

 

OPEN SOURCE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY SPACES

All outdoor spaces will be open source designed too. This includes the outdoor playground, outdoor barbecue and dining areas, and other recreation and relaxation spaces.

One Community Straw Bale Village, final Render, Outdoor Patio

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Outdoor Patio Area

One Community straw bale village final render BBQ area

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – BBQ Area

One Community straw bale village final render Outdoor Fire Pit

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Outdoor Fire Pit

Straw Bale Village, One Community, Outdoor Picnic Area Looking East, final render

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Outdoor Benches

One Community Final Render, Straw Bale Village, Playground

The One Community Straw Bale Village | Concept Render – Outdoor Play Area Looking Northeast

 

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SUMMARY

Straw Bale Village, One Community Pod 2The 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: 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.

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 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.

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Straw Bale 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:

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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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Straw-bale Village Section Rough – Click to Enlarge

 

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

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