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Child Graddon Lewis completes Egyptian tower house

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Child Graddon Lewis has released these images of house made from salt, mud and palm trees in Egypt

Designed by the east London-based practice for a young couple, the house in the Berber oasis of Siwa is constructed using local materials and craftsmen. A two-storey mulqaf or wind tower, which directs the desert breeze through the ground floor living areas, connects the public areas to a private bedroom and terrace above.

Two guest bedrooms, a toilet and a kitchen are arranged arround the courtyard garden and connected to the living area by a shaded walkway.

The building is constructed of traditional thick kashif walls that combine salt blocks with mud mortar to mediate the harsh temperatures, with the roof and floors constructed from palm trunks.

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See images, drawings and data of Siwa House by Child Graddon Lewis and all 229 entries to the 2013 AJ Small Projects Award

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