“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

In spite of the ubiquitousness and sustainability of earth construction, it remains in the shadows of our building practice, though it does have a long tradition, even on our latitude. This exhibition has made it its priority to reintroduce the european tradition of building with earth, and especially that of rammed earth buildings in France, as well as their influence on Switzerland.

 

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

 

This construction technique, also known as Pisé, has a history of over 2000 years in Europe. In the Rhônes Alpes region rammed earth buildings experienced their first golden age with the rapid growth of cities beginning in the middle of the 16th century. A second active building era followed in the 19th century in the age of the grand rural exodus and the housing shortages resulting from it. The linen trade brought with it the knowledge of rammed earth from France to Switzerland. In eastern Switzerland, various Pisé buildings were erected beginning in the 17th century. (more…)