Sunday, June 20, 2010

Abandoned Rammed Earth House In Bhutan


These images were taken by the Reddy family traveling on the road from Paro to Thimpu in Bhutan.


The father is a professor of Civil Engineering for the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India and he insisted they stop for a better look. His son Dileep took these photos and kindly agreed to share them with us.


The evenly-spaced pock marks in the surface indicate where the form-work was clamped for each lift.


One meter thick.




It's amazing to see how tightly some of these timbers fit long after the structure has been vacated. That's wood on masonry, yes it is.


The large square holes show where the floor joists for the second floor were seated.


Nature taking over on the inside.


It probably looked something like this in its time...


...with a traditional stacked slate roof like this.


It's good to see traditional building techniques being kept alive, part of Shing Zo class, one of the thirteen traditional Bhutanese crafts disciplines, known as the Zorig Chusum.

Here's a some video to put you right in the midst of thing: