Use of Earthen Materials in Interior Spaces

Year : 2024 | Volume :02 | Issue : 01 | Page : 40-49

Ritika Omar

Deepti Pande Rana

  1. Student Amity School of Architecture, Amity University Lucknow India
  2. Associate Professor Amity School of Architecture and Planning, Amity University Lucknow India


This research paper investigates the utilization of earthen materials within interior spaces, focusing on their sustainable attributes and aesthetic potential. In the context of contemporary design practices, there is a growing interest in integrating natural materials that offer environmental benefits and promote well-being. Earthen materials, including clay, adobe, terracotta, and rammed earth, present promising opportunities for sustainable interior design solutions. The research begins by examining the historical and cultural significance of earthen architecture and its evolution through time. Drawing upon case studies from various regions around the world, the research paper highlights the versatility and adaptability of earthen materials in diverse climates and contexts. The study explores the physical properties and environmental characteristics of earthen materials, such as their thermal mass, breathability, and low embodied energy. These attributes contribute to improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and overall comfort within interior spaces. Through a review of contemporary design projects and innovative applications, the dissertation showcases the creative potential of earthen materials in interior design. From textured wall finishes to handcrafted furniture and lighting fixtures, earthen elements add warmth, texture, and visual interest to interior environments. The dissertation discusses the implications of using earthen materials from a sustainable design perspective, considering factors such as material sourcing, life cycle analysis, and cultural preservation. By embracing earthen materials in interior design, designers and architects can contribute to the promotion of sustainable lifestyles and the conservation of natural resources. This research underscores the importance of re evaluating traditional building practices and embracing alternative materials such as earthen compounds to foster sustainable design solutions. By leveraging the inherent qualities of earthen materials, designers can not only create aesthetically pleasing and culturally rich interior spaces but also contribute to the broader goal of promoting environmental stewardship and resilience in the built environment.

Keywords: Earthen construction, sustainable building, environmental impact, construction techniques, thermal properties, rammed earth, cob construction, earthen plasters

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Volume 02
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Received March 26, 2024
Accepted April 6, 2024
Published April 21, 2024