With the scaffolding coming off at the Meditation and Peace Center “Maharishi Peace Palace” in Erfurt, Germany, the facade that we see does the name justice – a modern day, ancient look palace. The ground floor outer walls were cast in one piece, including the ornaments, using a custom made rubber mold and natural expanded clay bubbles (liapor). They are load baring and self-insulating.
For the upper floor and interior walls conventional poroton (self-insulating clay bricks) were used, as still can be seen in the center of the facade, which will be plastered and finished from the front porch roof. The pillars for the front porch are currently being cast using a mixture of Italian marble of different grain sizes and white cement in another ornamental mold.
Let’s hope we see this building all finished soon!