Have you seen a mudbrick house before? Sunday 21st October will be a wonderful occasion to do so!
Mudbrick architecture is among the earliest form of dwelling to emerge in human history. It featured extensively in the ancient world- particularly in Mesopotamia, and increased at the time of Roman influence. Earth building continues to be a strong tradition in the world today, and represents an eco-friendly alternative which also posits health benefits.
The nature of mudbrick building can be seen in Eltham North next Sunday, when a selection of five mudbrick homes will be open for public viewing from 10am-4pm. With the Nillumbik Shire Council as a major event sponsor, the tour will be run by the Eltham High School Music Support Group (MSG) in cooperation with the Practically Green Festival of Edendale Farm.
Among the homes to be toured is one of the first mudbrick houses built by Alistair Knox in 1947. Alistair Knox was a self taught builder and committed environmentalist. In the post war landscape of minimal building materials, coupled with his own visionary resolve, Knox developed a viable construction alternative quite revolutionary for his time. His labour force was local and often included artists and friends who would help him mould the mudbricks from local mud and raise the timber frames which would create a beautiful home in the Eltham landscape.
Today an estimated 1000 mudbrick homes exists in the Nillumbik Shire. The tour will also include the Eltham Library in Panther Place where students of Eltham High School will be performing some captivating tunes. Continuing Knox's legacy, architect Greg Burgess OAM completed the Eltham Library in 1994- built in mud to form a unique public space now enjoyed by all. He will be presenting a lecture at the library at 12.30pm.
The money raised from this event will go towards supporting the fantastic Eltham High School Music Program and further encouraging the young musicians- who number over 300. It is also a chance to celebrate an exceptional and proud heritage in unique mud brick architecture which has accumulated over decades of experimentation, design and construction. Don't miss the chance to see these houses of rustic beauty and support the Eltham High School Music Program.