Information Booth Built From Strawbales by Studio 1984

This simple straw bale structure acts as a rest stop and information booth to visitors of a nature trail in the north-eastern French town of Muttersholz. The booth was built as part of a study into renewable materials and their use in the fabric of buildings.


Strawbale House - Studio 1984 - Humble Homes

The eco-retreat was designed by the Paris-based architecture firm, Studio 1884. The spaces initial concept was based on a rectangular inner volume formed by a wall of common straw. A simple pentagonal timber frame provides a layout and means of holding the bales in place.


Strawbale House - Studio 1984 - Humble Homes

The interior the walls have been lined with wooden boards to create a light, clean minimalist finish. Whereas the exterior is rather rustic in appearance with it’s exposed straw bale walls, and a lightweight corrugated roof (supported by a timber truss). There’s a generous roof overhang to help prevent erosion of the land immediately surrounding the building, while also providing a degree of shelter to anyone entering the retreat.


Strawbale House - Studio 1984 - Humble Homes

This small study into the use of renewable materials could act as a catalyst for the development of new, simple structures that take advantage of local materials. While this building isn’t designed to act as a residence, its possible the future structures could be created using similar ideas to create a low-impact home.

Strawbale House - Studio 1984 - Humble Homes

For more houses built using natural materials check out this small Japanese student house that uses agricultural fermentation as a source of heating. Or check out these prefab housing units from Thailand that were built to provide shelter for Karen refugees. See all natural buildings.

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Photos: Studio 1984

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Another waste of money, imagine this structure on a farm in the mid west. Under current climate conditions, this structure would not stand up to a mild wind gust or rain storm. You could use it as condo’ s for the mice.