Earthship earthbag dome house in Portugal by Sustainable Design Projects

Earthship earthbag dome house in Portugal by Sustainable Design Projects

“How to make an earthship from earthbags? A South African friend of mine asked me to design an earthbag house for him for his site in Portugal.

I made a plan for him with domes around an open space covered with a flat roof with a glasshouse, big terraces, covered in the hills. Each dome has its own program: living room, kitchen, study room, bedrooms, bathroom etc. situated around the open place with greenery. The whole complex must be self-sufficient with sun panels, filtered rainwater and black water, natural ventilation and natural heating.”

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Earthbag Earthship Design, Portugal — 5 Comments

  1. Hi Owen,

    Thank you for your post!

    I am looking to build an earthship in Portugal and wanted to know if your friend went ahead with everything and what were the permits requirements like?

    Do I need a regular building permit? can I build without like a yurt?

    Appreciate your help, thanks in advance!


    • I found this on the Internet and reposted the story because it was earthbag related. You’ll have to contact them for details.

  2. Love that this is completely self-sufficient design-wow. I am in Spain and would like to know if your friend is looking for help I have only worked on small cob sites. Thank you.

  3. Search our blog for other earthbag earthships using the search engine on the right side of the page. Earthbags, especially tubes, are faster than rammed earth in tires. If in doubt just do a simple test and see for yourself.

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