straw bale classroom, liverpool


Opened by The Minister for the Environment in October 2008, this classroom is Liverpool’s’ first straw bale building. Rudston Infants School wanted to create an inside/outside classroom that could be used in all weathers to extend the curriculum, whilst introducing ecological issues to the school.

Working closely with the school and local builders on the design, we designed a straw bale and timber frame extension. All the structural timber was sourced locally including timber from an oak tree that had fallen within two miles of the school.

The foundations are old tyres with compacted limestone chippings, the walls created from straw bales and the external finish is lime plaster.

Workshops were carried out with the children to develop their understanding of construction and the environment. The classroom flows seamlessly from the existing school building, creating a link to the outside space. This link is further enhanced by large timber doors that can be slid open.