Rammed earth construction is an ancient building technique that occasionally sneaks into new structures. This old-meets-new ethos is embodied in twin villas nestled into a lush Costa Rica hillside near the Pacific Ocean.
Czech firm Formafatal chose rammed earth and other construction materials to withstand the area’s high humidity and heat. The designers hired Terra Compacta, a rammed earth specialist from Brazil, to train local workers in the construction process, as there weren’t local contractors with experience in the technique.
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