shelter + sculpture + biomimicry + water autonomy + sunlight = bio architecture
Wautillarium is an innovative, eco home, inspired by & in alignment with nature, that threads lightly on the Earth and your budget.
Emulating the models, systems, and elements of nature, Wautillarium Living Bio Shelter is developed to achieve year-round comfortable t°, using laws of physics, mean t° of the earth as well as the compost producing thermophilic bacteria to passively cool & heat itself in the Sub Zero as well as hot & unpredictable climates.
Inspired by nature's geometry, wautillarium is able to achieve superior compressive strength, by using 10x less materials.
I've synthesised the greatest minds of the planet in the fields of water ecosystem design, living machines, simple to build vaulted roofs and eco-construction to engineer a fully autonomous lo-tech solar passive home that stealth & buried.
In our interactive video training you'll learn how to build a Wautillarium Earthship Hybrid with your own hands and your available local materials. Whilst our weekly ZOOM Q&A calls provide the necessary support where your share your assignments and eco-tech research with other members of our tribe
PREVIEW A COMPLIMENTARY LESSON ON BENDING THE ARCHES
"For me a well designed home goes far beyond just Sacred Geometry. It is a wholesome Living Bio Shelter Organism that encompasses much more than the energy of shape. Below features are just to name a few:
Thoroughly thought through solar passive design allowing maximum natural light for plants and people
Retractable shade for glare
Comfortable temperature thats obtained passively by tapping into the mean temperature of the earth, laws of physics, biomimetic design and thermophilic bacteria
Warm non flickering LED lighting for people and low wattage lighting for plants that switches off as soon as people enter the greenhouse.
Good balanced earth centric features such as grey water treatment wetlands with an abundant of self watered plants that need little care,
The shear quantity of plants in the green house that we can enjoy to look at from our rooms are already designed with sacred geometry and provide greenery, smell, evapotranspiration, oxygen and beauty
Bringing in flowing water in our geometrical vortexes that activate the crystals in our living drinking water, uplifting the space with it’s relaxing sound
natural materials that activate our life-force, fusing negative ions within the space
Large rainbow that floods our rooms from prisms splitting the sunlight
Dream catcher, infused with sacred geometric spiral, made of rope, that kids adults and creeper plants can enjoy.
3D Kaleidoscope planting calendar
The above features are just to mention a few that will create a sense of well being enjoyed by its inhabitants. Similar to what one feels when visiting an ancient temple within the indigenous forest.
This is what qualitative biomimicry inspired design is all about, and this yummy energy can actually be tested with Radiosthesia and Bio-Geometry tools
This is what Wautillarium home is for me and what I dedicated my life towards. A total revolution in the home design, taking the best what has been developed by other masters in the past whilst fusing it with well being that BioGeometry and Biomimicry offer.
Due to the use of natural materials, tire foundation and strength of the catenary geometry, we end up using a tenth of bought materials compared to a conventional home. Thus said above all, I am designing and teaching the method of construction to be achievable by an inexperienced teenager to an elderly pensioner. In my recent construction of the wooden vault I build this home with 2 pensioners of 60 and 70 years of age, all for 1000 bucks on all the materials.
Wautillarium Living Bio Shelter designed to be debt free or for the very least will swiftly pay itself off due to the production of crabs, prawns, micro greens and high value medicinal-herbs and mushrooms. It is an off-grid home, an edu lab for kids and a business all in one" - Alësha Lynov
this is what wautillarium earthship-hybrid all about
DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR ERRATIC CLIMATE (with adaptions to hot climates)
Thick wall mass including wall and roof insulation as per Earthship design. In addition, we'll be adding insulation under the floor to stop the "heat sink" effect. Wautillarium will tap into Geothermal heat & use the Jean Pain wood chip compost method to warm up water and air. It will include a "super-efficient Russian oven" which will double up for sauna + kitchen cooking with all excess heat-storing in the walls and MASS couch. it is developed not to heat space in summer
NATURAL & RECYCLED MATERIALS
The home will be built using tires in the foundation, earth, cans, and bottles as per Earthship design. Superadobe will replace 2/3rds of the tire walls. I have great experience and love for this material as seen from my previous living eco-home training. By building this home with 200 tires, cans, and bottles you will counterbalance all the waste you will produce throughout your life.
WATER ORGANISING MODULE
I have reworked a typical W.O.M. from Earthship by combining it with our robust Slow Sand Bio Char filter. This allowed to substantially drop the price and increase the quality of drinking water whilst using up filtration medium which is prepared by the homeowner (gravel, sand and biochar) This module will include all the practical steps necessary to deliver stored water to all the taps. We will also include the implosion device to revitalize the drinking water.
POWER ORGANISING MODULE
This module will deliver electricity to your home and all of your appliances. In addition to standard solar, we will also be using a steam-powered 3 kW generator which will be connected to the wood-fired oven. This will give us big power only when we need it for power tools, whilst all excess heat will be stored in the mass wall for winter use. This contraption will greatly reduce the price of the off-the-power-grid battery bank and solar/wind/hydro system. (this will be in the phase 2 only)
LIVING AIR REVITALIZATION MODULE
In summer the cool air will be pulled in from the northern side. In winter the fresh air will be taken underground 30 meters away, allowing it to be heated geothermally and enter into the oven. When the oven is not fired it will just be used as a warm fresh air inlet when fired it will create a very unique negative pressure zone (tried & tested) and warm the floor without conventional piping at a fraction of the cost. All air will be filtered with a sawdust and straw bio filter
BIOGEOMETRY & EMR PROTECTION
During my bio-geometry training with Ibrahim Karim, I've learned about the harmful effects of geopathic stress and the importance of testing the land prior to the positioning of sleeping spaces. You'll learn how to test your own site. Certainertain geometries will be used in the construction + metal waste into the building material to create a protective layer. The entire home is designed using sacred geometry which will add to the overall wellness of the dweller.
BUILT LO-TECH & AFFORDABLY
The price of a global Earthship is 400.000 USD as stated by my teacher Mike Reynolds. I have redesigned the home adding some of the unique methods I've been building with for the last 13 years. With simplified tire septic, dream catcher mezzanine, DIY water reservoir, living roof, polycarbonate greenhouse, significantly smaller solar system as well as superadobe walls; will bring the construction cost right down to more affordable levels.
the price of our training is $300 // zoom sessions
are rolling weekly every second Sunday
DESIGNING A SOLAR PASSIVE BIOMIMICRY BIO-GEOMETRICAL HOME
Key principles of biological home
Various wautillarium designs and the 2023 model
How to design your home on graph paper
Various Climates and their changes to our homes
Identifying the building site
Drawing your home on the ground
BUILDING OF THE WALLS
Installing of the door and window boxes
Building a “warm” door for cold climate
Glazing a 200 sq ft wall for $200
BUILDING OF THE VAULTS
Weaving the roof
Prepping the tension beam or sockets
Building custom rainwater collection gutters
Installation of Electrical conduits and plug point boxes
Rain / snowmelt Water storage
Water Organising Module to pressurise water
Grey water plumbing
Grey water botanical cells
Black water botanical cells
John Todds’ living machine
Building of a low cost septic from bus tires
Plumbing grey and black water
Aquaculture basics and using it as mass
Various designs of greenhouses various glazing types
Shade awning for your climate
Discussion of Russ Finch's greenhouse in the snow
HEATING AND COOLING
Heating and cooling in a typical Earthship
Strategies from other PAHS masters
Discussing the difference between a typical Canadian passive house VS Wautillarium Earthship Hybrid
Brainstorm and discussion of John Haits’ Solar Passive Design book
Calculating the airflow based on the volume of our home
The laws of Thermodynamics and their practical application
Wautillarium strategies for heating & cooling (mechanics of Wautillarium)
Design of custom low-cost diy air ducts
South Korean warm ondol floor system
Practical application and implementation
BURYING THE “HOBBIT"
Preparing and laying the turfs
Installing sleeves and pipes for electrical, air and water
Seeding the roof
Diversion channel / french drain / diversion swale
Small solar system
Natural and cement based plasters
Flooring with beeswax finish
Other finishing touches
Q: How will the video lessons be released
A: To date as of May 2023, the Siberian timber vault (practical) as well as quite a few theoretical lessons have already been uploaded to the Bio-Veda portal. The rest of the footage from Brazilian build as well as the new vaults that I am building will be released at the end of 2023. The fully fledged Wautillarium Earthship hybrid theory and practical will be released during this fall and winter. Every time new footage is released the price of the training will go up.
During our biweekly ZOOM calls I do show raw unedited footage so you are still able to see how I did what I did. I am here to support your projects and you are welcome ask whatever questions related to my current build or your own construction project. Due to the short building season I am not able to video edit the new footage, as I take great care to script every single lesson and pre record the audio that I lay over the video. As you can see from the sample lesson, this training is vastly different to my previous water and dome courses.
This training is my masterpiece which will be ongoing until the Wautillarium home is build, with self heating and self cooling strategies working in the various climatic conditions. After that point I will continue providing zoom support on donation basis (from 2025). Every time new footage is released, the price of the training will go up, to match the quantity of my time invested into the video lessons. The price of this training at the point will range from 1000-1500 USD
Q: I am aware of your weekly live ZOOM calls, when does your course start? How can I catch up if I missed anything ?
A: The course started on the 8th of Jan 2023. The next session will start in 2024. Every week I release one lesson and during the Sunday ZOOM call Q&A are discussed at length. You are welcome to join our training at any time during this year. All lessons and previous ZOOM calls are recorded and organised on our Bio-Veda portal . You can always ask any question, even from the previous classes, at any of our ZOOM calls. If you can't make our ZOOM sessions then you can ask your questions in our telegram chat and I will get it answered during Sunday and send back the recording to all other students, shortly after.
Q: I am interested in your courses on design & building, but live in Texas, USA, and we have more hot weather than cold. How much adaptation is included for warmer climates?
A: I will cover warm climate adaptations in great detail. Having lived in South Africa for 23 years, I know how uncomfortable hot weather can be. Also our summers here are very hot as well. In both training programs, we’ll spend a great deal of time discussing solutions for our passive homes to mitigate that unbearable heat as well as freezing cold.
Q: You have two training programs which cover the Earthship-Hybrid. What is the difference between the training programs? As a newbie do I need to take both classes?
A: No you do not need to take both classes. Some folk are able to sketch their homes and want to learn how to build using new methods which I present. Whilst others know how to build yet want to learn the drawing aspect to get their homes approved by an architect or an engineer. Others want to be able to visualise their future home from all angles (3D spin around) or figure out some complex detail (such as connection joints, cut angles etc)
Q: Will you be teaching us how to integrate a home for on-grid situation as well as the Off-Grid living?
A: Yes, I myself lived both off-grid but currently will be building with cheap municipal electricity already installed. I will show how to install. simple off-the-grid solar system. Complex electrical systems will not be covered at our training.
The water catchment, storage and filtration will be taught in great detail and we already cover it in my other Abundance of Water training. The focus of this training is to build a home that has a comfortable t°, without electricity or fossil fuels.
Q: Will I need a structural engineer? How will an engineer react to a design like this? How to ensure structural integrity without an engineer? What about snow loads?
A: Being able to speak from position of knowledge and understanding how the vault works, how the forces are distributed laterally, why buttressing is important, compression vs tension forces etc. gives an engineer confidence in you and your design. We will cover in detail the Cal-Earth engineering tests that Nader Khalili conducted with a US based engineer. I will also share with you important common sense thinking method so you learn to build without an engineer. This kind of thinking is ofcourse works hand-in-hand by understanding the physics behind catenary shapes. I also tend to overdo a little on materials instead of paying an engineer. However my latest 2023 Warillarium design, that I will use to teach this course from, will be tested by an engineer with all the necessary calculations. The weight of the snow loads will be accommodated for.
Q: Long-term tests of the resiliency of the buildings. Have any been in use for a long enough time to show how they stand up over the years?
A: The wooden "hobbit" home I will teach is my friends' design. He has lived in the same version for over 11 years. It has no cement foundation yet it is robust if it is kept dry. The superadobe and ferro-cement construction methods have stood the test of time. The tyre technique, from earthships is 100%, for exception of wet clay that is rammed in them. In our training I will teach how to keep our homes dry and crack proof. I have made countless mistakes and will share with you what did not work and how to make it work.
Q: What level of cold temperature can the building handle?
A: I am designing it to handle a range of [-32°C / -25°F >>> +35°C / 95°F] . This is the range of temperature that is observed throughout the year in the area I live. However we'll discuss the strategies we ought to implement in our homes if t° ranges are colder and hotter than that. For example thicker insulation for colder climates with backup heat strategies as well as larger awnings or deeper excavations for hotter climates.
Q: What might be the cost and accessibility of supplies?
A: The wooden vault I share with you we managed to build for 1000 USD for ALL THE MATERIALS. There is a way to build for cheap by using recycled materials or by being resourceful about what you use. For example using lower grade timber that you will have to clean yourself (from bark) or by using second hand plywood from a large construction site will lower your cost of building up to 10x fold. Generally we build with low-cost lo-tech materials. I've lost my previous home to a bank so we are proud debt free builders. I am expecting a full Wautillarium home to be build for 15000 USD if one is being resourceful about materials.
Q: I am worried that with my schedule and different time zones I will not be able to attend live sessions.
A: Live Q&A presentations will be recorded and a video link will be sent out shortly after. If you are not able to attend, you'll be able to send your question to our telegram group and I'll answer it in our ZOOM call. The sessions are planned for SUNDAY's at 20:00 Moscow time, for 1.5 - 2 hours (it is 9:00 am Central pacific time in winter and 10:00 am when clocks change in spring). During my building season (2023) I will change the release of the new lessons and zoom support sessions to every second Sunday. All the lessons that have been posted are available for immediate watching.
Q: What about the maintenance of such a building?
A: Wautillarium is a living machine that will clean your air, feed you using your waste water, keep you comfortable throughout the year, therefore it needs a little care in return.
If we are talking about maintenance of ecosystems (such is bio-char filter, water organising module, constructed wetlands etc) then yes it does take a little time. For example Bio-Char filter has to have bio-char replacement after 3 years (production of 300 litres of clean drinking water per day). Plants in the wetlands have to be pruned. Pump for the toilet will break ever +- 2-3 years. Septic might have to be cleaned out every 5+ years. However I am striving to create a fully autonomous system: for example windows in greenhouse will open up automatically with WAX hydraulics. Considering that this home will feed you as well then certain work will need to be done with the garden.
Q: What about high humidity and/or high water table and water drainage?
A: I had the same question to Mike Reynolds, from Earthship Bio-Tecture, as I have a very high water table in the area where I'll be building it. I will post the answers from our video call. In essence you cannot have your home submersed deep in if you have a high water table. High humidity is something that we will go deeper into. Humid & cold VS humid & hot will have two different strategies and we will address them. Water drainage will be covered and 2 strategies will be discussed: diversion berm as well as the french drain.
Q: Will there be a good quality mockup / 3D design which can show the interior as well as the exterior of the home for better visualisation purposes
A: Yes, I am honoured to announce that my latest 2023 Wautillarium (Larium Aqua Terrarium) will be professionally drawn as a proper architectural blueprint with all the necessary details. I am employing a proper 3D Designer to finetune my design and give it life with textures, lighting etc. I will use THIS VERY DESIGN to teach this course. I will also be building this very same design for my family in 2023. Larium Aqua Terrarium is a result of 10000+ hours of DIY building experience on a tight budget, countless building workshops, lads of research and 100's of sketches . New strategies include low 1m/3 foot high walls for ease of construction, polycarbonate greenhouse and fractal build that allows to construct a home as resources and time become available
Q: The #1 priority for me is to learn where in the world I should select to live, and hopefully have a family. A peaceful, safe environment, which is becoming rare here in the US and many other places.
A: You know my answer, our country is best, we have freedom of speech, cheap prices on land, loads of cheap organic food, fantastic transportation, safety and total freedom. Don't trust anything you hear about our country from anywhere outside of our country. 500 years of R.U.$0 phobia did it's deed.
Q: Will you cover high wind, floods, high heat, fires and deep snowfall. Will this home design be able to accomodate for natural disasters.
A: Wautillarium, just like an Earthship is submerged in the ground and thus is fully protected from 3 sides. For floods we build up with sandbags. my 162 foot wall was covered by 6 foot high of raging river. I know what it takes to build for disaster. Having visited the town of Paradise after the devastating fire, I've made fireproof strategies to Wautillarium and we'll discuss those. Deep snowfall is something that I also have to deal with and thus I have redesigned the shape of my 2023 Wautillarium to accomodate for snow load on the greenhouse. (you can notice the shape is like an onion in order for the snow to just slide off)
Q: How do you build a bio shelter for retirement when you are older and short on energy?
A: This weautillarium course covers 2 strategies for the roof (+1 more using aircrete bricks) and 2 methods for building walls. I will make a separate lesson addressing strategies one can use to build with little energy/manpower/finance. The wooden room I've build with 2 elders of 61 and 70 at 4 hours per day for 6 weeks.
Q: Will you provide a detail list of materials needed to build this home
A: Yes I will. The home will be build in phases. Phase #1 will have the main room and 1x side room with a toilet and sauna/shower. Detailed list of materials will be provided for this part of the build. Phase #2 is green house, reactor, tropical jungle will all be developed in 2024 and materials used will be recorded and provided. This phase #2 part of training will also be available for you. Phase #3 will include second storey greenhouses and the onion shape zomes. These will form a separate training in the future to keep the price affordable for this training. The full list of materials will be included in the blueprints of the Larium Aqua Terrarium. These will be available for purchase in 2023
Q: My greatest challenge here in USA is zoning code compliance. My number one challenge is Permits, then comes sustainability and affordability.
A: I will share a model I've developed whilst touring the US. It is under 200 sq foot with an additional 200 sq ft "fake" floor that will not count as floor space (because it is made of a dreamcatcher DIY net). A 200 sq foot or smaller greenhouse can be built in US without a permit. I will share strategies how it can be interconnected legally with your home, so you can tap it's heat and store it in the mass. I'll provide you with a design for such a home free of charge and I can develop a proper blueprint at an additional cost.
Q: How will this home be heated in cold weather
A: I have made a video called The Mechanic of Wautillarium. In essence it will heat itself just like an Earthship absorbing the sunlight into its thermal mass. After much research I have added 2x extra strategies, due to lack of winter sun and Subzero climatic conditions. Firstly large hot compost using Jean Pains' method and secondly we will passively channel the heat from top of the greenhouse into the insulated back perm on the shady northern side. These methods will be explained and shown in our training using a 3D model and my own build in summer 2023.
Q: If I can't get through all the material by the end of 12 weeks, will I have access to the videos?
A: Yes our tutorials will be available indefinitely into the future and once the lessons are uploaded they will be made downloadable.
Q: Can the hobbit wooden vault be stretched wider, and to how wide?
A: yes it can, but it will exert larger lateral force and therefore stronger buttress will be needed. The current vault is 6.6 metres which is a good size for first time builder. Please note that wood comes in 6 m length and we had to join 6+1.5 m to make up the 6.6 m wide vault, which took extra time. 6m length of wood can give you 5 m vault. I would recommend to start with a 5 m vault, as then you do not have to join any wood, it will be a much faster build.
Q: Is snow load a problem? Can the heater in my greenhouse melt this snow?
A: Snow load is not a problem as long as the angle of the greenhouse allows for snow to roll off. Alternatively some form of vibration device has to be connected in order to make the snow roll offvibrator has to be connected. The beams for the greenhouse need to be strong enough to hold the snow
Q: Will the compost pile stink and will it add unwanted heat to the house in summer?
A: There will be no spell at all due to correct ventilation and thoughtful and well researched design.