In May, June and September I helped with the construction of K-san's Straw Bale Home in Hokkaido. The home was designed by BIO+ Saijo Design, construction of the straw bale walls was organized by Hokkaido's straw bale building association, and plastering was lead by Noda Plaster Works.
The stacking and plastering of the straw bale walls was done in a workshop format. Of all the straw bale builds I've been involved in, this was probably the most efficient. Many thanks to all those involved.
More than 300 bales stacked in four days
Base/scratch coat of earthen plaster applied in 4 days
The Tosa Shikkui finish was applied in two days
The traditional Japanese earthen floor was compacted in one day
Approximately 350 straw bales
Preparing the bale/scratch coat of plaster
Our Team organized by Jinnouchi-san
Noda Plaster Works
Finishing the earthen floor
Adobe stacked by the home owner
Earth used to make the adobe
Fermented earth and straw used to make adobe
Excellent window detailing
Compressed Tosa shikkui finish around sink