CLAY HOUSE PROJECT

In 1995 Jack collaborated with Thijs Nel and the Felix Trust to build a prototype house earmarked for the South African government reconstruction and development program.

The concept, adopted from Iranian architect Nader Khalili, was to address the large housing and unemployment problem by training local people in clay construction.

In brief, the gaol was to build a house out of mud (an abundant and tradionally used resource) and change it through fire to transform a clay house into a ceramic house.  Basically the structure was built as a kiln in the process, which then became a house.

The only cost in the construction, was for the kerosene to heat the structure up to 1000 degrees celcius, and this cost was theoretically covered by the produce such as bricks, pots and other ceramic products that were placed inside the structure.

For details of this grand project, please click on the "i" on the upper left corner of the pictures located in the link provided below.

The House That Jack Built