STRAW BALE CHAPEL

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A round chapel with a reciprocal frame roof and structural straw bale walls in North Wales.
 
I've been involved in the project from inception and have been running it since planning, developing technical details and managing the construction, which has mostly been self-build.
 
I helped build the straw bale walls and timber roof structure and boarding. The Tiling was done by professional roofers.
The round-wood reciprocal frame structure creates a spiral that holds up the roof and will be visible inside the finished building.
Each timber rests on the previous one to create an elegant and efficient structure.
 
The walls are currently covered in tarpaulin to protect them from weather before they are rendered.
Roundwood reciprocal frame roof structure

CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

Plinth Walls
Plinth Walls

Lovely curved brick and block plinth walls constructed using the purple bricks from the site.

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Baseplate construction
Baseplate construction

Creating a curved timber baseplate is a big part of what makes the shape difficult to construct with straw bale walls.

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Wide angle view of the interior.
Wide angle view of the interior.

We're done for 2018. The floor, windows, door, plastering and rendering are next years jobs.

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Plinth Walls
Plinth Walls

Lovely curved brick and block plinth walls constructed using the purple bricks from the site.

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