el Valle de Sensaciones

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how a house makes us feel

Studying the low cost buildings in Valle de Sensaciones

Hidden in a steep-sided valley just south of Yátor in the Alpujarras, Spain, el valle de sensaciones is a marvel of art, invention and gorgeous eco-buildings. It’s original intension was to to be a cultural centre and to create an ‘artistic sustainable paradise’. This is no eco-village nor eco-community and there are very few residents. Achim, the founder, runs a broad variety of courses and workshops on practical eco-building skills (among other things) for which people travel far and wide.

how a house makes us feel

Studying the low cost buildings in Valle de Sensaciones

Hidden in a steep-sided valley just south of Yátor in the Alpujarras, Spain, el valle de sensaciones is a marvel of art, invention and gorgeous eco-buildings. It’s original intension was to to be a cultural centre and to create an ‘artistic sustainable paradise’. This is no eco-village nor eco-community and there are very few residents. Achim, the founder, runs a broad variety of courses and workshops on practical eco-building skills (among other things) for which people travel far and wide.

Panoramic view of the Octagono

A 3 dimensional Sensacion

Panoramic view of the Octagono

A 3 dimensional Sensacion

Cob Oven

Costa Rica 2005

Building a Roundhouse with woodhenge and cobwood

A very good documentation of the buildingprozess

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Hexagono

an artistic little house

A small hexagonal house of just 11 square meters. Its walls are build with local clay, whereas a different mixture and technique has been used on each of the sides, so as to experiment with the process and its result. The floor is made with stones from the river, fixed with the same clay, and a coat of linseed oil make it water resistant.

Octagon

the heart of the valley

The octagon is the central space of Valle de Sensaciones. Thanks to its design it suits different uses: its a space for meeting as well as for doing workshops, it is also the kitchen and a turns into a dance floor when we party. We can tear off two of its walls and make it into a half open space for summer. Thanks to its central hole on the mandala roof and its vaporizing ground it keeps a nice climate in summer. It is made of 90% materials from our own land: clay, olive and ash beams, crushed reed, esparto and rush.

clay igloos in french britanny

sleebing in our mothers womb

It was in spring 2011 when I met this wonderful group of people living in clay buildings with thatched roofs or lime-covered earth domes. Also very fascinated by their general way of life close to nature I stayed some time with them and learned to build the clay igloos they call kerterre ("ker" from the breton word for home, my place).