Stacked Earth (Cob)

Plastic soil is usually formed in balls, which are freshly stacked upon each other. This technique has been used a lot long ago in Europe, where it was named cob in England and bauge in France.

This technique is still used a lot in Africa, India and in Saudi Arabia, where beautiful examples can be seen. The most beautiful examples are encountered in Yemen with Shibam. This old historic capital of Southern Yemen has been named “The Manhattan of the Desert”. Shibam was recorded by UNESCO as a world heritage site. In fact Shibam was built with a combination of cob and with adobe.

Since a while, cob is getting known again with some development in USA, as well as in other parts of the world. We show hereafter only worldwide traditional developments.

Southern Yemen, Shibam - "Manhattan of the desert" (Cob and Adobe Techniques ) World Heritage by UNESCO
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
 
 
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
 
 
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Southern Yemen, Shibam (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Northen Yemen, Sanaa - Cob and Adobe Techniques
Northen Yemen, Sanaa (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Northen Yemen, Sanaa (Photo Patrick Meyer)
Saudi Arabia - Najran Palace (Photo H. Houben)
Saudi Arabia - Najran Palace (Photo M. Abdulaziz)
Saudi Arabia, AI Diriyah - Village Mosque
Saudi Arabia, AI Diriyah - Sa
Saudi Arabia, AI Diriyah - Sa
Saudi Arabia, Unayzah - Palace
Saudi Arabia - Najran Palace
Saudi Arabia, AI Diriyah - Sa
Saudi Arabia - House in the South
Saudi Arabia, Tuaren Hail - Watch tower
Saudi Arabia - Qsar Meherus (Photo M. Abdulaziz)
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - Masmak (Photo M. Abdulaziz)
 
India, Tamil Nadu, Kuilapalayam - Village house
Ivory Cost, Afotobo - Village House
Benin, Bétammaribé - House (Photo T. Joffroy)
Burkina Faso, Tiébélé - Kassena Habitat
Burkina Faso, Tangassoko - Kassena Habitat
Burkina Faso, Bobodioulasso - Djulasoba Mosque, 1890
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
Mali, North of Mopti - Mosque
Mali - Djénné mosque
 
Niger - Dogon Village (Photo Gert Chesi)
Niger, Agadez - Minaret 27 m high
France, Picardie (Photo Lahure)
France - Ex Farm house
France - House
United Kingdom, Dorset - House (Photo P. Doat)
Italy, Chieti - House
 
Uruguay, Montevideo - House (Photo H. Guillaud)
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