Progress of the building workshop
UPDATE 2019 NOV (photos below: left and middle):
All the walls have been built up, 3/6 have been plastered with the 'body-coat'.
Rest of the walls are only built up with 'dipped' straw bales.
The main roof structure is built.
UPDATE 2020 NOV (photo below: right):
All the walls are finished with the 'body-coat'. Jepiiii!
Roof structure appeared to be more complex than anticipated,
so some of it had to be re-arranged.
Facilitators & construction process
The workshop is lead by a team of facilitators, who have experience in building and architectural design. The master of Flexagone - Tom Rijven - is advising the project on the site. The team is present all the time and leading the construction work, thus, volunteers are not obliged to take construction work related decisions, but are very welcome to join the discussion and to contribute with hands-on practical work.
Visit the PROJECT section to read more about the facilitators, the building method and the background of the project.
Participating at the workshop
Everyone is welcome to participate without any prior building experience or skills. The constructions site is small and the facilitators are also just human beings, thus, we can have limited number of volunteers on the site (up to 8 people), so please sign up on the schedule and if there's no more spots available consider another day or call to Eeva +45 91763891. Participation at the morning meeting is mandatory, to be informed and to collaborate with others during the workshop day.
We have a variety of tasks available for volunteers, both, in organising the workshop (like preparing food, and other daily tasks that we will divide at the morning meeting), and at the construction site (like working with clay render or building wooden frame for the straw bale walls) - visit the SCHEDULE section of the menu on top of the page to sign up. The food preparation task will be divided between the participants.
If you are coming from far away, you are welcome to arrive an evening before, so you can have a little introduction to the place, the people and the project, so it is easier to catch up the next day. :)
Visiting the project & Open Seminars
Throughout the two weeks, in the evenings we have open seminars (presentations/discussions/hang out) about the building method and topics that participants propose for discussion. The first presentation is taking place at Makvärket Culture and Environment Collective at the monthly community dinner on 2nd of August. At the end of the workshop, on 17th of August is Open Doors Day at the building site.
Visit the SCHEDULE to stay updated with what's going on at the workshop and call to Eeva before noon +45 91763891 if you want to join the evening hang out.
In addition to the evening hang outs, we will have a bonfire and hygge for the volunteers on Saturday evenings, on 10th and 17th of August.
Participation is free of charge, if you attend only the evening hang out donation for the food is appreciated. Vegan food is served for the participants of the workshop - breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have any food allergies, let us know in advance. Vegetables and fruits are dumpsterdived.
The accommodation is in the garden: bring your own tent (or you can sleep in a large tent shared with other workshop participants), sleeping gear and a flashlight. There are common showers and toilets nearby the construction site. Don't forget your raincoat and a hat to protect you from the danish weather (or climate change?). Also, bring closed shoes or (if you have) safety shoes. If you have your own screw driver - bring it. Bring personal measurement tape and notebook.
The closest supermarket is 5km away, in Regstrup. There are bicycles available on the site for borrowing.
The workshop rules: no racism, no sexism, no violence, no drugs, no homophobia/heterosexism. During the working hours consumption of alcohol is not tolerated for the safety of everyone.
THANK YOU for experiencing together how to build a straw bale house!
Sønder Jernløsevej 63, 4420 Regstrup
Sønder Jernløsevej 63, 4420 Regstrup
Arriving from Copenhagen:
The train between Copenhagen (from København H, Nørreport, Østerport) and Kalundborg runs every hour and stops at Regstrup, which is the closest station to the site. Walking from the station in Regstrup is possible, but it takes about an hour. Transport by car can be arranged when necessary.
Driving by car from Copenhagen takes about an hour. Head towards Roskilde (Route 21), then continue towards Kalundborg (Route 23), and exit towards Sønder Jernløse.
Arriving from Århus:
Hitchhike on the car ferry to Sjællands Odde with a sign Holbæk. Get off at Tuse, walk to Butterupvej and find another ride towards Regstrup. Further on, follow the instructions as coming from Regstrup station.
Arriving from Anywhere else in the world:
Hitchhike to Denmark, take train to Copenhagen or if you really need to, then fly to Københavns Lufthavn. Find your way to København H, Nørreport or Østerport and take the train towards Kalundborg.