The sandbag igloo was constructed in a field in Bath as a prototype for accommodation and housing development in Namibia
The igloo’s design, built by 30 architects and staff, focuses on ease of reproduction for the local community using readily available materials and traditional methods. The structure of tiered sandbags is bound and secured with barbed wire and Super Adobe is employed in place of older earth technologies to increase speed and ease of construction. Demolition of the igloo was carried out to test the maximum force the structure could resist.
The structures will be used in the extension of the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre in Namibia.