Living on the Edge - Arjen Reas

Living on the Edge / Arjen Reas

Dutch architect Arjen Reas has created the project Living on the Edge. Completed in this contemporary home is located in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Lowimpact.org - thatching Learn the ancient skill of roofing your home with natural, biodegradable and beautiful reeds or straw.

Thatching is a very sustainable roofing method and its use of recycled, local and natural materials can also make it quite cost-effective.

This is a Chaumière (cottage) near Rouen in France. Traditionally the thatched roof is topped with a bed of clay where iris are planted. The roots, or rather rhizomes, of the iris helps to mesh together the reed ends in the thatch and remov  e excess moisture from the ridge. Normandy chaumière often have a flint foundation with half-timbered walls with torchis (French cob) [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torchis] on laths (wattle) as the infill.

Chaumiere near Rouen, France. Traditionally the thatched roof is topped with a bed of clay where iris are planted. The roots, or rather rhizomes, of the iris help to mesh together the reed ends in the thatch and remove excess moisture from the ridge.

One of Britain's last schools with a thatched roof is spruced up for new term after replacement reeds were put in during holidays

One of Britain's last schools with a thatched roof is spruced up for new term after replacement reeds were put in during holidays

The village school in Barrington, Cambridgeshire teaches 150 children and is one of only three thatched schools in the UK.

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