Sod Haus

Posted: September 12th, 2009 | Author: matt | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Sod Haus OverviewThis was my second project in architectural school and still my favorite.  The project called for a visitor center to be installed in pioneer’s park, and the center was supposed to reflect the park’s history.  As a precedent I choose the early homesteaders, and investigated their use of the Earth to construct their homes.

I took this an evolved it, creating a structure that literally takes its form and material from the earth.  The buildings roof seems to flow down from the hill and peel back revealing the nature sanctuary inside.  The roof was intended to be covered in native Nebraskan prairie grasses and become an extension of the surrounding area.

Enjoy, someday I hope to design a building in my native Nebraska and I will undoubtedly use this as my jumping off point.

Also, my current professor recently came to my architecture college from the Architectural Association in London, and informed our class that the midwest is the only place that still uses wood, weird I know.

2 Comments on “Sod Haus”

  1. 1 mahmoud said at 5:54 am on September 13th, 2009:

    Way to credit the photographer, d00d. Also, surely some other schools still use wood. What else would they use?

  2. 2 matthew said at 10:38 am on September 13th, 2009:

    *photographed by some dude

    Other midwest schools use wood, I’m assuming that the East coast, West coast, and International schools have moved on to using feathers, bubbles, ect.

    But in all seriousness I think the use this really thin material, whose properties are between cardboard and plastic