Lisa and Louis took 250 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and locked it into the walls of their straw bale guesthouse in the beautiful alpine valley of Val d’Herens in Switzerland.
Just the energy from people and cooking, some 60-80 Watts (200-270 BTU) plus the sunlight is enough to keep the house warm without any additional energy.
When a new building is so sympathetic to the natural environment finding music for a time-lapse video isn’t difficult… Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies suits it well.
Lisa and Louis have worked hard to build a contemporary home and business that not only minimizes the environmental impact in its construction but will also have little impact during its lifetime of potentially many centuries.
Pictured left is the dinning room with sections of the walls displaying the big bale load bearing structure of the building. The chairs are made from salvaged wine barrels.
Pictured right is a taste of the style of the building. It’s a mixture of rustic timbers with high specification luxury demonstrating beautifully that there is no need to suppose a naturally built home is a step backwards in comfort. In fact it’s quite the opposite.
Louis, Lisa, Laszlo, Luna-Maria