Sunday, April 08, 2007

A Visit To Nader Khalili's Cal-Earth Institute Of Earth Art & Architecture

Earth Dwellings - Outside The 3 Vault HouseClick on photos to enlarge
Forty-nine miles from our Big Bear place, in the Mojave Desert town of Hesperia, is world-renowned architect and philosopher Nader Khalili's Cal-Earth Institute of Earth Architecture building site. Peggy and I visited the Cal-Earth site yesterday where we finally got to see, first-hand, the beautiful and structurally sound earth-friendly dwellings that have been constructed there over the past 16 years.

Interior View Of The 3 Vault House
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Peggy was ready to move in to this one...
Below Is A Brick Dome At Cal-Earth With Wondrous Acoustic PropertiesClick on photos to enlarge
I can't describe what it's like to sit in the center of this dome and speak, or sing, or play your guitar, you'll just have to go there and see for yourself.

A visitor peers out the open ceiling of a brick dome
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A San Bernardino County Approved Earth Dwelling

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The small but cozy Hobbity looking home above has been approved by the San Bernardino County Department Of Building And Safety and plans are available from Cal-Earth.

A courtyard at the Cal-Earth site in Hesperia
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Cal-Earth Institute Of Earth Art And Architecture
For more information about Nader Khalili and the Cal-Earth Institute visit their website by clicking here and also see many more great pictures at their photo gallery here.

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Blogger Madcap said...

They're really charming, very much of their own place. And I especially love the curves - makes me feel at one with the architecture!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Eric Valentine said...

What a wonderful experience Jim & Peggy, I just loved it. Great pictures.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know what to do with all of my round rocks!!!!


2:27 PM  
Blogger Tim Hodgens said...


Fascinating! I went to Khalili's website and looked at his message. Simple and elegant. It is also beautiful in its intent to help people to establish or re-establish themselves with their own labor and with material right on hand.

I wonder how it could play in New Orleans? Or is it primarily geared for desert areas?

Please tell me that Peggy has a giant floppy hat to protect her precious skin.


4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny. I just finished reading about Cal-Earth on, and now I'm seeing them again here! They have a beautiful look, but I would really like to go inside and see how they feel.

4:24 PM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

oooh I am so jealous that you got to see that in person and that you live that close. I would love to see it in person and pick the mans brain a little.

The beginning of my own dome is currently 6 inches under water, sniff sniff.

7:42 PM  
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1:41 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

beautiful and inspiring,

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim and Peg - What a great post. I am just now really, really getting into reading about sustainable, earth-friendly architecture. I loved this post and I loved the web site. It was also great to see you and Peg. You guys send off a good vibe even in photos and even cross country! Kathy in Kentucky

6:41 AM  
Blogger Birsen ┼×ahin said...

They look wonderfull; if I was not so far away, I should come over to see this beautiful architecture

6:33 PM  
Blogger Jen Miller said...

My husband and I have retired to the island of Dominica, where we are planning to build an earth bag home. We, too, want to live a sustainable life, close to nature.

I enjoy your blog very much, and I am linking to you at


4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you got to visit Cal-Earth. It is a magical place. I am lucky enough to have been able to be good friends with several of the people who live and work on the site, and to spend many nights in the wondrous domes. I hope to apprentice there in the near future.

It's too bad I wasn't able to get there sooner, though. The loving architect Nader Khalili passed away yesterday.

It is a dear wish of mine that the word of this wonderful place in the little town of Hesperia continue to be spread among the peaceful people of the planet. Thanks for posting about this.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thank you for posting and informing us about the death yesterday of Nader Khalili.

I'm very sorry to hear that news and I hope his work will continue through the energy and vision of his students.

Anonymous made this comment on March 6th, 2008, so Mr Khalili passed on yesterday, Wednesday, March 5th of 2008.


2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really liked your review. And although I really wanted to see it, then was talked out of it, I'm going to see it this weekend and am madly excited.

10:46 PM  
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It's fascinating.

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