Rammed Earth Wall
AC Architects Cambridge Ltd has completed work on a new-build house featuring a 5.2m rammed-earth wall, believed to be the tallest in a UK residence. The brief to design a sustainable, low-energy family home led to the use of this ancient low-cost, sustainable technique where soil is compacted into a temporary shuttering.

The rammed-earth structure not only provides thermal mass, but materials can be cheaply and locally sourced, have a low embodied energy and generate little waste. The wall creates an architectural focus, further enhanced in this case by incorporating finds from an archaeological dig at the site.

Archaeological finds
Rammed Earth Wall - ground floor
Construction of wall