The Iranian architect Nader Khalili breathed his last on the 5th of March this year but not before he had stamped his mark all over the architectural world with his ‘Superadobe’ design. This structure is not a grandiose design to house or enthrall the world’s rich but is a very simple design that will provide shelter to the poorest of the poor. To create the ‘Superadobe,’ Nader Khalili has combined sand bags and barbed wire. Sandbags are first filled with earth and placed on top of each other in a circular pattern to form the basic structure. This design is not too dissimilar to the bunkers in the war zones and all the sandbags are held together by barbed wire.
The barbed wire is placed strategically between the courses that prevent the sandbags from shifting and also helps the ‘Superadobe‘ become earthquake resistant. Coming to the interior plan, the basic house is designed to have a high domed living area and separate areas for cooking and sanitation. The best part about the ‘Superadobe’ is the fact that it can be built using locally available natural resources and can be built by the home’s future residents themselves. All we can say is that this noble project will put a roof on all those peoples’ heads, who wouldn’t even have dreamt about having a home of their own. Nader Khalili, lives long after he is gone. We bow to him.
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