Namib Sandbag Igloo

Whilst working at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicola du Pisanie and Matt Vaudin explored the use of sandbags as a construction material in the Namib Desert

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 investigated ways of consolidating the existing building stock and proposing a series of new builds. After

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

A trial construction of a sandbag "igloo" was completed in Bath in June 2009. We then assessed its suitability as a replicable means of providing accommodation for the centre and for local communities.

Nicola presented the findings at the Building Centre in July 2012.

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015