Bangalore-based Architecture studio Made In Earth is not just a design practice; it's a passionate community of artisans, architects, engineers, artists, and makers who share a common love for creating and crafting. Founded on the belief in forging lasting relationships within their ecosystem, this community is constantly expanding. Their ethos revolves around the use of natural materials, weaving ecology into the fabric of their designs, and deepening their connection with the communities they work with.
At Made In Earth, the philosophy is simple yet profound: they are a practice of materials, deeply enamored with clay and the earth itself. Their engagement extends to lime from both indigenous and technological kilns, as well as materials like rice husk and straw sourced from their geographical belt. What sets them apart is their commitment to circular and inclusive practices. Made In Earth's passion lies in crafting with natural materials while intertwining ecology and community.
Research is the cornerstone of their work, blending material and cultural exploration. They delve into traditional knowledge banks, engaging in conversations and collaborating to reinterpret and reinvent traditional expressions. This ethos positions them not as distant designers but as a community of makers who traverse between the drawing board and the earth pit, building with materials like bamboo, clay, and mud, and sisal fibres utilizing techniques such as wattle & daub, terracotta slabs, clay & straw, and filler slabs composed of pots, terracotta tiles, coconut shells, and bottles.
Made In Earth carefully selects projects that align with their values of sustainability, ecology, and art. Among their notable works is PROJECT LOOFAH that delves into the use of natural materials like the sponge gourd, commonly known as the Loofah. This wall of light, woven together from Loofah fibers, showcases their commitment to sustainable materials and inventive design.
BEEJA is inspired by the idea of seeds inside a pod. This project aimed to create a serene environment within an office's library and lounge. The structure was formed using potter's clay and reinforced with a unique hexagonal weave known as the kaveri kannu weave. Layers of raw earth, rice husk, jaggery, and straw were meticulously daubed onto the bamboo frame to bring this vision to life.
Made In Earth's journey is an embodiment of sustainability, biomaterials, and ecological design. Their dedication to using natural materials, engaging with communities, and reimagining traditional practices sets them apart in the architectural world. They have proven that architecture can be a harmonious fusion of art, nature, and community. Made In Earth's work is not just about building structures; it's about nurturing an ecosystem of sustainable creativity that reverberates through every project they undertake. In a world where ecological consciousness is paramount, Made In Earth stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when passion, craftsmanship, and sustainability converge
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