Sandbag Igloo

In Brief

Research Project

This project supports the work of a remote research station monitoring the impact of global climate change on the fragile ecosystems and indigenous communities of the Namib Desert.

We are investigating ways of consolidating the existing building stock and proposing a series of new builds. 

After our initial site visit we are now researching potential construction methods, including sandbag technology, for both the station and the local communities. 

A trial construction of a sandbag "igloo" was completed near our Bath office in June 2009. We are now assessing its suitability as a replicable means of providing accommodation for the centre and for local communities.