Straw bale barn: The magic of the spaces in between

Written by Herbert Gruber

Stadel metamorphosis with a straw bale shell: an approximately 150-year-old barn was revitalised into a home for a family of 5.

Key data

Province:VorarlbergCity:Andelsbuch / Vbg.Completion:2010Type of Construction:revitalisationDesign/ArchitectureIngomar ReumillerCarpenter:Sohm Holzbautechnik, AlberschwendeStraw Builder:Ingomar ReumillerPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Photocredit:Ingo Reumiller
Heating demand:15,9U-Value (Wall):0,19W/m2KU-Value (Roof):0,19W/m2KHeating/Ventilation System:Rammed earth stove as whole-house heating with solar support; comfort ventilation with ground collectorCategories:Projects Austria, Renovation Refurbishment,
More about this Straw Bale House

Stadelmetamorphose mit Strohballen-Hülle: eine etwa 150 Jahre alte Scheune wurde zum Wohnhaus für eine 5köpfige Familie revitalisiert. Baubiologische Materialien wie Lehmplatten, Strohballen, Holz kamen zum Einsatz. Fotos: Ingomar Reumiller

About the author

Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh in Europa" (New Building with Straw in Europe), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "STEP" (Strawbale Training for European Professionals) and the Erasmus project "BuildStraw Pro" (a project to get formal national recognition of the training) and "Make your City Smart". As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.