Classic German architecture: Fachwerk und Enxaimel — Timber-frame straw/clay houses with hazel stick reinforcing lasts for centuries. (None of these buildings had building permits and so maybe they should all be pulled down?)
A beligerant drunk in a restaurant overheard me talking about natural houses. He confidently proclaimed houses built of natural materials would never be allowed in a modern country such as Germany. “The codes would never allow this,” he said assuredly. I explained how straw/clay houses have a centuries long tradition there, and that strawbale structures are now permitted. There’s even a strawbale building association in Germany (FASBA).
From the FASBA website (translated): “To date, over 250 approved homes and some production buildings and many smaller demonstration buildings have emerged. The attainment of an admission by the general building materials FASBA 2007, this construction is gaining in approval, as there is no difficulty in most cases to obtain a building permit.” A five-story strawbale structure was recently completed. “The North German Centre for Sustainable Construction has received the Innovation Award 2013.”
Related: Early Medieval timber work This is how they crafted those timber frames. (recommended by Jay… there are lots more similar videos of traditional woodworking)