strawbale

House Attempt - Load Bearing Straw Bale Vault

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In a word: Don’t. The basic plan was to pile and stake straw bales in the shape of a catenary. Theoretically this provides a nice strong self-supporting vault for the roof and two walls of the building, and then the other two walls can be flat stacked bales. In reality, once the vault is built and not braced by most of the bales inside, it moves a lot. I mean, it stands, and didn’t shift too much in the wind last night, but I opted to set up the tent outside.