SHAMSARD DESIGN STUDIO
Photos courtesy of ShamsArd Design Studio
The building is a quad-dome 84 sqm private residence, built entirely of earth using the technique of earth-filled bags. Jericho, where the Moon House is located, prides itself on being the oldest human settlement in the world. Earth construction has been used and developed in Jericho over a period of 10,000 years, yet around 50 years ago earth construction has been slowly replaced by concrete, today earth constructio and the knowledge around it has all but disappeared. The Moon House is a rare examples of a private residence that revives this knowledge.
To deal with the extreme heat of summers in the lowest spot on the planet, the house uses many passive solar techniques for comfort, it incorporates natural ventilation technique through a wind-catching tower “Malqaf”. The domed rooftop has operable openings at the top that allow for hot air to escape and be replaced by cool air from the Malqaf. Additionally, with a very high thermal mass in the form of 1 meter thick walls, the house is comfortable even in extreme temperatures. The building filters grey water and uses it for irrigation of the surrounding garden, and uses local traditional tiles and all locally made finishes.