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Experiments
Hero School Campus
Buildings
This was our first attempt at using tires to build a home. It’s successful completion inspired the construction of the Hero School campus.
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Experiments
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Earthbag Kitchen
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This profile is the story of our first attempt at using earth bags in the construction of a home and inspired the earth bag classrooms at the Hero School campus.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Barrel Vault Tire Classrooms
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These classrooms are made of more than 2000 tires with 7 arched concrete roofs and no sharp corners.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
The earthbag dome is nearly earthquake proof and sequesters a literal ton of trash.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
The multi-layer structure proves the strength of earthbag construction. It supports a full second story of ecobricks and  cob.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Triple Earthbag Domes
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This set of buildings use 50 layers of dirt filled bags for their structure. They sit on a foundation of gravel filled tires.
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Hero School Campus
Water Collection
Water Harvesting Corridor
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This beautiful structure is made of arched concrete vaults with glass-brick skylights that gravity feed water into a 42,500 gallon cistern..
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Hero School Campus
Water Collection
42,500 Gallon Cistern
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The massive 22 foot wide cistern is made of 1,000 tires and 12,000 pounds of rebar. All of this is needed to hold 175 tons of water.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Bamboo and Trash Bottle House
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This bamboo frame octagonal house is made of ecobricks and cob and the roof shingles are made from plastic bottles.
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Hero School Campus
Waste Management
Hero School Septic System
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The waste management system is made of 4 black water filtration chambers that go to an off-campus drainage field.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
The library sits on top of our 42,500 gallon cistern. Its dome is made of rebar, cement and glass bottle skylights and is a favorite spot for teachers and students.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Oval Tire Classrooms
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These four classrooms are built into one of our tire retaining walls. The footprint of the structure is 100’ by 30’.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
This structure is built into one of our tire retaining walls. It follows an east-west axis and is connected to three other dome structures.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Northside Tire Retaining Wall
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We used 1000 tires to construct this massive retaining wall. It is the backbone of our Hero School.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Southside Tire Retaining Wall
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We used 1080 tires to transform this eroding cliff into a retaining wall that supports our Hero School.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Volunteer Quarters Tire Retaining Wall #1
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We used 624 tires to make this retaining wall that stretches across the Hero School campus.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Volunteer Quarters Tire Retaining Wall #2
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We used 1021 tires to make the wall that forms the platform for the Long Way Home volunteer quarters.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Entrance Tire Retaining Wall
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We used 1200 tires to make the 6 walls that run along the bottom of the Hero School campus.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Upper Platform Tire Retaining Wall
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We built this wall to hold back an eroding cliff face that was washing away during the wet season.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Terrace Tire Retaining Wall
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This wall supports the garden and gathering area in the heart of the Hero School campus.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Mid-Campus Tire Retaining Wall
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This retaining wall is made of 730 tires and holds back an eroding cliff behind our barrel vault classrooms.
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Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
West Side Tire Retaining Wall
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This wall has a set of stairs built into it and helps form the foundation for our oval tire classrooms.
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Hero School Campus
Water Collection
4000 Gallon Tire Cistern
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This 7 foot by 4 foot cistern is gravity fed. It is made out of packed tires and ecobricks.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Tire Bathroom & Solar Shower
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This bathroom is made with packed tires and accompanies one of the houses on our campus.
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Hero School Campus
Waste Management
4 Stall Dry Compost Latrine
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This latrine block is framed with bamboo and its walls are filled with eco bricks.
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Hero School Campus
Water Collection
Ferrocement Water Storage Tanks
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This reservoir system is made of 8 tanks that hold 3,660 gallons of water. It gravity feeds to the flush-latrines below.
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Hero School Campus
Waste Management
2 Stall Dry Compost Latrine
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Adjacent to our ecobrick and bamboo house, one latrine is used while the others waste decomposes into fertilizer.
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Hero School Campus
Stoves
This is the first cob oven we built, its design and execution has since been honed and are taught to our Seventh graders.
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In Progress
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Administration Building
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Serving as the base for our Cafeteria, this structure is set into the hillside, its packed tire walls retaining the dirt around it.
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In Progress
Hero School Campus
Buildings
This in Progress structure sits on top of our administration building, at the moment its walls are only partially constructed.
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In Progress
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Teachers Lounge
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Still in progress, this tire walled structure has a concrete slab roof and cob/plaster finish in its future.
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In Progress
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Although currently just a project description, this structure will sit between the cafeteria and the teacher lounge.
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In Progress
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Auxiliary Classroom
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This extra classroom will sit on top of the teachers lounge, it will be framed by concrete columns with walls of ecobricks and cob.
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Hero School Campus
Buildings
Hero School Campus
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Over 17 years we have constructed a campus which demonstrates the green building techniques.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Long Way Home’s first project, Parque Chimiyá, was built as a service to the community of Comalapa, Guatemala.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
2 Car 2 Story Tire Garage
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Project details on a two story, two car garage made of tires built in Massachusetts
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Off Grid Tire Home #1
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Project details on our first off grid tire home
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Off Grid Tire Home #2
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Project details on our second off grid tire home built in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala in 2013 by Long Way Home and Earthship Biotecture
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Off Grid Home #3
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Project details on our third off grid home, built with a tire retaining wall and earth dome home in San Marcos, Guatemala
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Mirador Retaining Wall 2013
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This is a brief compilation of photos from building the Mirador Retaining Wall.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Patzaj Tire Retaining Wall
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Renders and photos of our Patzaj Tire Retaining Wall in Chimaltenango
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Off Grid Home #4
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Off grid home #4 was made of tires, eco bricks, and cob in South Africa
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Venezuela Retaining Wall and Dormitories
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Photos, renders, and raw blueprints on tire retaining wall and dormitories built in Venezuela
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Buildings
Off Grid Home #5
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We built this off grid tire home near San Juan, Lago Atitlan in 2015.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Xiquin Tire Retaining Wall
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Included are photos from our tire retention wall build in Xiquin with support of about 30 individuals
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Quiche Tire Retaining Wall
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A compilation of photos from the tire retaining wall in Quiche
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Retaining Walls
Santa Eulalia Tire Retaining Wall
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Project details for tire retaining wall in Santa Eulalia
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Stoves
Improved Stove - Comalapa
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After conducting an extensive living condition survey, we built 36 smoke-efficient stoves for 36 families.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Stoves
Built in November 2017 during a workshop offered by Hero School, the oven is build from rammed tires, cob, and glass bottles.
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Off Campus
Hero School Campus
Red Brick Oven - NY
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This is a compilation of photos from a brick oven project we supported in New York
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student led
2016
Stoves
Estufa Mejorada Primero Basico 2016
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This project started our practice of student experimentation, showcasing their skills and benefitting their community.
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student led
2017
Stoves
Estufa Mejorada Primero Basico 2017
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Our students built this stove for a family in their community, further refining its design and innovating its execution.
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student led
2017
Water Collection
Tinaco Segundo Basico 2017
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Our first student led cistern, built with a budget of roughly $250 this 4000 gallon cistern holds 6 months worth of water.
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concepts
Buildings
Double Barrel Vaults Tire House With Patio
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Double-barrel house built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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student led
2018
Encuesta Community Survey Middle/High School
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Our students surveyed the families of Xiquin Sanaii to find out who could benefit most from their projects.
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student led
2018
Stoves
Estufa Mejorada Middle School 2018
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This rendition of our improved stove design built by our 7th, 8th and 9th grade features a tile stovetop.
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student led
2018
Stoves
Estufa Mejorada Primero Basico 2018
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Our seventh graders built this awesome stove for one of their own family, putting the skills taught to them to use.
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student led
2018
Stoves
Estufas Mejoradas 6th to 9th Grade 2018
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Here middle school students and volunteers document the construction of 5 improved stoves in Xiquin.
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student led
2018
Water Collection
Tinaco Familiar Segundo Básico 2018
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Made for a grateful family in out community, this was our second execution of a 4000 liter cistern by an 8th grade..
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student led
2018
Waste Management
Letrina Abonera Tercero Básico 2018
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Our first 9th grade led latrine experiment, the bamboo bathroom sits on the composting receptacle.
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student led
2018
Retaining Walls
Muro de ContenciĂłn Cuarto Bachillerato 2018
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Our first tenth grade retaining wall experiment, this wall holds back a cliff above a families house.
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student led
2019
Stoves
Estufa Mejorada Primero Básico 2019
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The culminating project for our seventh grade, this stove was made for a grateful family in San Juan Comalapa
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student led
2019
Water Collection
Tinaco Middle/High School 2019
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In this school field trip students worked with volunteers to construct a cistern for a family in Xikin Sanayi.
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student led
2019
Water Collection
Tinaco Segundo Basico 2019
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Our 8th grade constructed this cistern for a low income family, its construction made possible by donations.
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student led
2019
Waste Management
Letrina Abonera Tercero Basico 2019
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Our 9th grades final project, with this composting latrine we experimented with a tire base instead of blocks.
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student led
2019
Waste Management
Letrina Abonera Grupo B Quinto Bachillerato
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With this composting latrine, the students experimented with digging the receptacle down into the ground.
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student led
2019
Waste Management
Letrina Abonera Grupo A Quinto Bachillerato
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Our 10th graders experimented with setting the latrines receptacle into the hillside, making it easier to access.
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student led
2019
Retaining Walls
Muro de Contencion Cuarto Bachillerato 2019
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Our first 10th grade retaining wall experiment, this wall used 400 tires and was 10 meters long.
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concepts
Buildings
Tire House With Tin Roof
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One-barrel house built from tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Single Barrel Vault Tire House With Loft
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One-barrel house built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Patio
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Triple barrel house built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Rear Entrance
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Three-barrel house with entrance covered with metal sheets.
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Kitchen & Greenhouse
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Three-barrel house with greenhouse. It is built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Garage
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A sustainable house with garage that is built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Greenhouse
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concepts
Buildings
Triple Barrel Vault Tire House With Commercial Space
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Three-barrel house with greenhouse with a commercial space and garage.
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concepts
Buildings
Efficiency Tire House
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concepts
Buildings
Single Earth Bag Dome
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Concept renders for single earth bag dome
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concepts
Buildings
Dome Tire House With Bathroom
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Dome Tire House with bathroom covered with metal sheets. It is built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Dome Tire House Without Bathroom
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Dome Tire House covered with metal sheets. It is built with tires, earth and recycled materials.
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concepts
Buildings
Rectangular Tire House
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Details on a concept project for a rectangular tire house
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concepts
Buildings
Oval Tire House Dome
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Concept renders for a oval dome tire house
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concepts
Buildings
Material list and renders for a concept design of a Buddhist Temple
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concepts
Buildings
Large Scale Housing Units
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Renders for a concept design of large scale housing units
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concepts
Buildings
Renders for a concept design of a hotel
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concepts
Buildings
Green Build Village
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Renders for concept design of a Green Building Village
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