Straw Bale Buildings

Over the weekend we visited an eco-village in the CBD of Adelaide.  Christie Walk is the brainchild of architect Paul Downton.  It is situated on Sturt Street, near Whitmore Square, and is a fantastic example of sustainable living in high density areas.  The eco-village was built on 1/2 acre (2,000 m2) by an enthusiastic group of people with no government support, using a mix of ecological materials.  Among the 27 homes are two-story straw bale houses.

This place is jam packed with fantastic ideas for eco building not just in the country but on small blocks or a shared community space, so offers lots of ideas for new builds or retrofitting an existing building.

For more information on Christie Walk, including monthly tours and a resource pack, see

For further exciting possibilities see



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