Sand Castles

In 1976, Nader Khalili shuttered his Tehran design office, boarded a motorcycle, and—like an architectural Che Guevara—set off on a five-year odyssey, traveling the countryside and studying Iran’s ancient adobe construction techniques.“I was searching for a way to create a building that was totally in harmony with nature, that could be available to everybody around the world". The result, the “superadobe” structure: layers of sandbags set in a circular plan, with a strand of four-point barbed wire between each level to provide stability, and corbeled at the top into a dome-shaped roof. Dwell

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