We are Curvatecture, a natural building group dedicated to creating beautiful, ecologically sound spaces, features and architecture.
Curvatecture is our answer to the worlds desire to build a welcoming space, where each and every one of us lives harmoniously with each other and the land.
To spread SuperAdobe and Natural Building techniques throughout Australia and the world. To allow people of all ages, races, social standing, and financial means to be able to create beautiful spaces and homes with the community around them. To reconnect with space, nature, and community.
Educate through the means of online content, hands-on workshops, lectures and presentations, and local and international media sources.
Approach councils and governments to speed the introduction and adoption of SuperAdobe and Natural Building techniques in Australia and the world.
Work alongside Owner Builders, Clients, and Families to build beautiful, legally permitted natural, energy efficient homes in Australia, and around the world.
Create a center for education and sustainable living; a School, a Community, a Farm, and a Blue-print.
We couple our team with eager people wanting to build homes, work spaces, Air BnB’s, studios, sacred buildings, landscaping features, and lots more, in a fun, efficient, ecological way, while creating conscious, connected, exciting communities wherever we go
“Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise”
rumi | mystic sufi poet
SuperAdobe is a term coined by Iranian architect Nadir Khalili. After a fruitful life as a commercial architect in the US he traded it all in for a chance to discover something simpler. He began experimenting with the earth below his feet on a property in the Californian High Desert. With the help of his architecture students and volunteers, he began to build odd structures among the Joshua trees.
Why did he do it?
From his travels throughout Iran he had noticed a flaw in all of the traditional Adobe buildings of the native people: their inability to withstand earthquakes and heavy rains. He concluded that there was an element missing from these structures, and endeavoured to discover what that was, so that he could offer a cheap, strong alternative for people seeking shelter. The system he invented was incredibly simple, built from abundant materials, and for an incredibly low price.
How does it work?
His system employs long, uncut polypropylene bags, traditionally used for grain storage. These rolls are filled with soil taken from the build site, often stabilised with a small amount of cement or lime, wetted, and filled from coffee cans. Barbed wire is then laid in between each row of bag for tensile strength and to hold the bags onto one another. You can create any form or shape you wish out of these bags, but the specific geometry of the Lancet Arch based Dome proved itself to be incredibly beneficial for it’s strength, and simplicity of construction.
Builders of all ages and capabilities can join together to build a structure. This technique does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender, credentials, knowledge, or wealth. It is an open design system that allows anyone at all to take control of their housing. These buildings have been tested and approved against the Californian building regulations to withstand even the most extreme earthquakes. They offer one of the best answers to hurricanes, cyclones, fire, flood, seismic forces, explosions and bullets available today. They also have a tiny carbon footprint, as the majority of the building material is right below your feet!