Unusual Hotels – Houses of Straw

And the wolf huffed and he puffed and apparently he didn’t blow the House down!


About the Maya Project

The Maya Guesthouse will be the first hotel built entirely with straw bales. It is situated in Nax, in the Swiss Valais.

The Construction

             The house built of straw

The construction method chosen is a straw bale building. The exterior wallsare 90 cm thick, and made of straw bales covered with loam and lime. It has been designed and executed by the swiss architect Werner Schmidt, Trun (Atelier Werner Schmidt).
The advantages of this construction are a more comfortable and healthier living environment. Straw bale buildings need barely any heating. 
– No termites, no mould, no damp, perfectly healthy living and almost no heating costs apparently.


The Maya Guesthouse is located on the east side of Nax, the locality of Plan Pras, on a 2600 m² plot.The modern rooms are individually decorated with hand-made furniture and beds. All eight rooms have private bathrooms with toilet and a private terrace or balcony. 
The Hotel offers full breakfast, packed lunches and dinner in the restaurant with local dishes. 
Their own vegetable garden and fruit trees will cover much of the demand for fruit and vegetables in the Maya Guesthouse. Various products will be offered as take away (dried tomatoes, dried herbs, oils, herbs, ect.) 


Customers can rent sports equipment (mountain bikes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, electric bicycles, climbing belts etc.). The Wellness centre offers massages, reflexology and other therapies by an approved therapist. 

So surely this has to be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings around?

Would love to read all your comments.

Found on http://mayaguesthouse.wordpress.com/


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