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Written by Wouter Klijn

residential building

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Completion:2005Type of Construction:timber frame construction in-fill in with straw balesClient:privateDesign/ArchitectureMill architectenPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Residential acreage:80m2U-Value (Wall):W/m2KU-Value (Roof):W/m2KCategories:Straw Bale Houses in The Netherlands,

The municipality of Amsterdam intended to give the future owners much more freedom than is usual. This has resulted in a wide variety of homes.
Menny Pastoor’s house breaks the pattern by building with straw in a densely populated residential area.
Construction started on June 6, 2005, and because of a lot of rain in August, about 40 straw bales had to be replaced. However, this turned out to be a lot easier than expected, despite the fact that some bales were at the very bottom of the wall. This was mainly due to the sideways pressure that the bales exerted on the uprights. Replacing the new bales also turned out to be a lot easier than expected.
Lime plaster has been used on the outside of the house; on the inside earth plaster. Both the interior walls and the upper floor are made of solid wood and the roof has a sedum roof on round wooden trunks.

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Wouter Klijn