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The sand-bag house includes various eco building ideas. Its central part is built from recycled used bags filled with sand and clay mixture. The outer walls of the bags are edged with turf, but internal walls are plastered with clay. Wood logs and bottles of wine are used in the construction of the lobby. The wine bottles were used to make stained glass, thus giving extra light in the day time. At night the stained glass serves as a kind of luminous body of the Vienkoči park landscape. The inner room is arranged with dugout furniture and chandelier of wine bottles.
The main emphasis of building the eco house is usage of local natural materials and recycled materials. Material costs for such house is relatively low, but the construction work is heavy. The house is an experiment to see how this idea is able to live in climatic conditions of Latvia. The new sand-bag house not only improves the exposure of the Vienkoči Park, but also makes visitors think about natural and alternative ideas.
Vienkoči website - http://vienkoci.lv
Vienkoču parkā visam cauri vijas netradicionālās, ekoloģiskās un dabīgās lietas, kas parka apmeklētājiem liek uz dažām lietām paraudzīties mazliet no citas puses.
2008. gada rudenī radās doma pamēģināt izveidot kaut ko pamatīgāku un, protams, ko tādu, kas Latvijā vēl nav bijis. Ideja radās par smilšu maisu māju (zemes maisu māju). Ziemas periodā (attīstot šo ideju) šis projekts apauga ar vēl dažādām citām naturālās būvniecības idejām, kas arī tika realizētas būvniecības gaitā. Smilšu maisu celtniecība vairāk ir pazīstama dienvidu zemēs, bet Latvijā līdz šim neviens neko tādu nebija mēģinājis darīt.
Šī smilšu maisu māja sevī apvieno gan vietējo dabas materiālu, gan otrreizējo materiālu izmantošanu. Par pašu būvniecību gan jāsaka, ka celtniecība nav dārga, bet ļoti darbietilpīga gan. Ja tās tapšanā nebūtu palīdzējuši čakli talcinieki, tad šī celtne, iespējams, šodien Vienkoču parkā nebūtu ieraugāma.
Skatoties uz smilšu mājas fasādi, redzama ir tikai piebūves daļa, kas būvēta no malkas, vīna pudelēm un māla. No centrālās smilšu maisu daļas redzama tikai virsotne. Visu māju un piebūves jumtu klāj zemes un velēnu kārta.
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