Central Valley Earthen Home – Dixon, CA

Sustainability
14 Foot Tall Arched Ceilings
Energy Efficiency
Resistance to High Winds and Earthquakes
Sustainability
14 Foot Tall Arched Ceilings
Energy Efficiency
Resistance to High Winds and Earthquakes
Project Info: 

This was an exciting project that had a focus on sustainability, and energy efficiency.   Working on a team with Formworks Building, we were able to create this unique earthern home located in the Central Valley of California. 

Despite being covered entirely in earth, this 3000 square-foot, three bedroom residence is surprisingly well lit by natural daylight and features 14 foot tall arched ceilings and an extremely spacious and open floor plan. A cupola centered over the main living area allows natural light to penetrate the interior of the home.

The structure is formed by two intersecting flared-end barrel vault arches. Supported by conventional spread footings, the arches are comprised of a 4 inch thick reinforced shotcrete shell constructed over a proprietary leave-in-place forming system. The structural configuration is a technology that dates back to the ancient Romans and is a system which provides exceptional strength, resistance to high winds and earthquakes, as well as thermal efficiency.

Central Valley Earthen Home – Dixon, CA

Designer/Fabricator: Formworks Building


Photo Credit: Inhabitat.comEatwell Farm

Contact: Matthew Tropp, SE


Ph: (510) 473-2221 x177