Earth Bricks

JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto
The practice collaborated with universities, engineers, and other companies to develop magnesium oxide additive to produce these one-hundred percent recyclable mud bricks.

JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto

JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto
The Lego-like bricks stack to form the walls of this kidney-shaped 41 m2 (441 ft2) house, built for a couple in Chiba Prefecture.

JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto
The plan is kept simple to accommodate the couple’s modest request for a space to sleep and eat. Laminated timber forms the kitchen and bathroom core, supporting a loft space above.

JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto
The house is built with other environmentally-conscious features such as skylights and natural ventilation.

Atelier Tekuto aims to further test the feasibility of using earth bricks to rebuild tsunami-stricken areas in Tohoku. They hope to build warehouses for local fishermen in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, using unskilled local labor and volunteers.

Here are some photos from production of the bricks.

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JA+U : Earth Bricks by Atelier Tekuto