The pine prefabricated rye straw
walls took 2 men 40 days to build. Assembly of the home and cladding took
about an additional 10 days by 4 men. The construction of the home
was by natural builder Moritz Reichert of
Dobry Dom [Polish for 'Good Home']. Select numbers 1 to 8
above to see some of the stages in its construction.
The dark cladding is fired
larch, a Japanese technique called 'shou sugi ban' usually applied
to cedar. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it,
cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oils. It is a way to
preserve the timber and, paradoxically, make it fire resistant.
See this dramatic video of the traditional
shou sugi ban method [
discussion] in the video right.