Gabion walls are linked to a very old building technique which, surprisingly, is still being used today. In fact, there are plenty of contemporary projects that use gabion walls in various different situations and designs including building facades and property fences. Gabions managed to maintain their usefulness throughout the years because of a few distinct characteristics that define them. For example, they’re great at stabilizing banks and slopes and directing the flow of water around buildings and they’re also appreciated for their modularity. In addition to that, a lot of modern buildings use gabion walls in their construction for the looks.
This house was completed in 2009 by Parque Humano. It sits on the edge of a hillside overlooking the Montaña Monarca valley in Morelia, Mexico. The use of gabion walls is both practical and aesthetic. The whole building was designed to resemble a large stone mass, one of the goals being to draw inspiration from the renaissance period.
Called A Little House in the Forest contrarily to its dimensions and imposing stature, this villa was designed by Barycz and Saramowicz Architectural Office. Structurally speaking, it’s a mass of gabions and shingles on a site covered with trees and bushes so it looks robust and a bit intimidating but at the same time it has a pretty close and natural connection with the landscape.
The surroundings had an important role in shaping the design of this house in Poland. The house was designed by Kropka Studio. It sits on a sloping site framed by agricultural fields, an old stone church and ruins of the Morsko and Ogrodzieniec castles. It’s these elements that inspired the architects to use gabion walls, the strategy being to let it become a part of the surroundings.
Gabion walls were also successfully integrated in the design of a very special resort located in Phetchaburi, Thailand. The base concept used by Duangrit Bunnag Architects was a simple one: the integration of the estate in its natural context. The intent was to focus on nature and thus the architecture and the design had to be simple in order to allow the pure and beautiful surroundings to be appreciated and enjoyed.