Straw bale house in Prinias/Crete (GR)

Written by Herbert Gruber

Straw bale house in the Psiloritis mountains of Crete for 3 residential units on top of a Raki-production hall.

Key data

Province:CreteCity:PriniasCompletion:2014Type of Construction:cut constructionDesign/Architecturechristos choraitisClay/Earth plaster:christos choraitisStraw Builder:asbn - austrian strawbale networkPossibility to visit:YesPress photos:Yes
Photocredit:Herbert Gruber
Residential acreage:100m2U-Value (Wall):W/m2KU-Value (Roof):W/m2KCategories:CUT construction, Projects Greece,
More about this Straw Bale House

Straw bale house in the Psiloritis mountains of Crete. The owners Annica and Nikos Patsakis run a raki production there, the house is planned for 3 residential units.


  • Straw construction advice, general construction advice
  • Support with construction planning (CUT technique)
  • Filling in straw bales, shaving, re-stuffing
  • Corner formations with glass fibre fabric

Team: Herbert Gruber, Marian Ontkoc, Barbora Holla, Christos Choraitis

Area: 220 m2 straw bale walls

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.