A Big Bale Straw Bale Hotel in Switzerland, the Maya Guesthouse.


Lisa and Louis took 250 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere when they built their straw bale guesthouse in the beautiful alpine valley of Val d'Herens in Switzerland. The guesthouse was designed by architect Werner Schmidt who builds homes from big bales 1.2 m (4ft) thick. Such big bales mean the house is extremely well insulated. It doesn't need a heating system, even in the Swiss Alps. Follow the link to the article where you can see a time-lapse of the hotel being built and try the local Swiss recipe for wild Rhubarb jam.