Sand-bag houses by MMA architects 4

Design Indaba 08: here's a new set of photos showing progress on the first sand-bag house being built at Freedom Park in Cape Town, South Africa.


Taken last week, the photos show builders and locals constructing the second level of the house using the EcoBeam sand-bag construction system. The first level has now been plastered and timber shingles are being applied to the upper level.


Designed by architects MMA, the prototype house is part of the 10x10 Housing Project, which is developing new affordable housing typologies.


The house has a budget of 65,000 Rand (£4,300/$8,600).


See more photos of the house being built in our earlier stories.

See images of other 10x10 Housing Project designs by teams including Tom Dixon, Thomas Heatherwick, Shigeru Ban and Will Alsop here.