Round ECOHAUS in Oman uses compressed earth bricks for a naturally cool home
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Like the rest of the countries along the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is uncomfortably hot and humid in the summer. As a result, with ECOHAUS, student designers from the German University of Technology (GUtech) wanted to maximize the length of time the home could stay cool without using energy-intensive air-conditioning. They used a number of passive design strategies to achieve that goal, including a cylindrical form that minimizes solar gain. But we’re especially intrigued by their choice of building...