The Great Wall of WA: 12 Rammed-Earth Dwellings Emerge from the Australian clay landscape.
Humble adobe cottages used to be a convenient way to build a structure to live in.
Now in the striking Western Australian semi-desert landscape the adobe, or rammed earth method has gone underground to make a stunning series of cool homes created to provide accommodation for a cattle station during mustering season.
The Great Wall of WA is named for its defining feature, a 755-foot-long (230-meter) wall of rammed earth that the architects say is the longest of its kind on the continent and possibly the whole of the southern hemisphere. The wall, made from a locally sourced mix of sandy clay and gravel, forms a serrated rift in the landscape with private niches creating the entrance porch of each home.
The striking feature cleverly designs the gardens to be tolerant of conditions and provide minimal upkeep. What an imaginative and practical way to use a seemingly difficult landscape! See more: