The beauty of earth building – Japan

I have recently returned from an architectural tour of Japan. The country never ceases to amaze me in the precision and care put into each and every detail… even (or especially) when the buildings are made from just clay and bamboo – which are the traditional building materials there. One mission we have at AuwaEarth is…

Peter Stutchbury Foundation Brazil trip 2016

In the latter part of 2016 Rebecca was invited by the Peter Stutchbury Foundation to join Peter and his partner Fernanda on their inaugural trip to the north of Brazil to design and construct an extension to a children’s day-care centre. The project was located in a village in the outskirts of Salvador, which was…

Sandhills makeover

Sandhills Community Garden (sandhillscommunitygarden.org) is a much loved community garden in Newcastle East. It was one of the very first community gardens to start in Newcastle and has had wide recognition due to the tireless efforts of garden coordinator Dr Christine Everingham. It is an open, very accessible garden and truly is there for all…

Hamilton school wall facelift

This wall was located in the middle of the main school courtyard – and after a year or so of having school children running over the wall every day and enjoying it very much, it was time for little facelift and a new, brighter colour. This time a thick lime stucco was again applied just…

Billabong Park – oxide colour coat

We returned to the lovely Billabong Park in early 2014 to apply an oxide wash to the wall there. This was the first time we had experimented with an oxide and were very happy with the end result – and the natural earthy tone contrasts so well with the surrounding natives.

Toronto final touches

Here is the finished wall in Toronto after one more thin coat of lime stucco was applied – which patched up some cracks in the stucco that appeared due to the very high clay content of the local clay we used here. Easy fix and looks great!

Billabong Park wall – Gloucester

We were invited on behalf of the amazing Gloucester Tucker Patch (www.tuckerpatch.com.au) and the Gloucester Environment Group to build a garden wall and seat as park of a demonstration day for the annual clean energy festival held there. We had lots of helpers throughout the day and before long a beautiful curved garden wall was…

Clay Plaster Finished

Well after a week of rather nasty weather in Newcastle which held up things a little we completed this lovely clay plaster on Joan’s house. Assisted by French volunteer Morgane and Brazilian volunteer Camilo the final layer was applied. This is a different mixture to the other ones and is troweled on, giving a very…

External Clay Plaster, Newcastle East

This historic cottage in Newcastle East was suffering considerable erosion on the facade of its sandstone foundation due to erosion. This had been made worse over the years by cement plastering and infill between the eroded blocks. A common error when attempting to repair natural stone or mudbrick, cement actually traps water vapour behind the…