This is a Sami storeroom (Áittit in Sami, stabbur in Norwegian) in northern Norway. The nomadic Sami built storerooms to return to as they moved from place to place herding reindeer.

The Sami Storeroom
A green roof like this, using birch bark as the waterproof membrane, will last about 40 to 50 years.

A living roof log cabin
Zero carbon building at its best... This living in bridge takes generations of the Khasi people to grow (build) and will serve them for some 500 years [VIDEO].

Living Bridges, India
This home was built in 1350 and abandoned in 1885 when the owner died. In 1896 it was bought by the UK's National Trust, their first building, and restored to its former glory using traditional natural materials.

Alfriston Clergy House
There was a time in Wales when if you could build a house in a day and send smoke up the chimney, it would give you the right to throw an axe as far as you could from each corner of the house to claim the land as yours [VIDEO].

Home wasn't built in a day
Even if you can't see yourself building a home, this book, 'A Pattern Language', might make you look at your current home and think, "Why am I living this way?". You can find out about some of the patterns in the book here...

A Pattern Language in Cob
The buildings at Dindang are made with a variety of natural building methods, among them bamboo wattle and daub, cob, adobe and palm thatching with decorative plaster designs, called pargeting, portraying the rainforest that surrounds the village.

Paksong, Thailand
A collection of buildings all made with natural materials and inspired by nature [VIDEO].

Inspired by Nature
Naturally built homes use local, minimally processed, abundant and/or renewable natural materials. They are designed to suit their climate and geography, providing a modest shelter that can last for many centuries.

Natural Building Techniques Around the World
In 2011 this tower suffered from severe damp in the stone arch roof. It was fixed with 4 tonnes of clay and living plants, a technique called 'soft capping'.

Smailholm Tower, Scotland.
Roundwood builders use timber straight from the forest and incorporate the natural curves of the timbers into the design of the building making each one uniquely beautiful. This one was designed by Ben Law [ and built by Dylan Walker [.

Art Studio
SunRay has created a magical place where he practices what he calls evolutionary architecture, that's where you make plans, but if a better idea comes along you change your plans [VIDEO].

Sky House, USA
This is one of the many tiny hemp and lime bubble shelters designed and built by Evelyne Adam. After making a simple geodesic type timber frame, hemp or straw is coated in a lime and sand mixture and moulded onto the frame leaving plenty of scope for artistic creativity.

Tiny Bubble Shelters
This hotel is built using miscanthus (big) straw bales measuring 1.2m x 1.2m x 2.4m [4ft x 4ft x 8ft]. The bales are so thick that the building needs very little energy to stay warm, even in the cold Swiss winters [VIDEO].

Big Bale Hotel, Switzerland
The timbers deep in the water are Larch roundwood which will last many years like the Larch pile foundations of Venice, Italy [VIDEO].

Beautiful, clear and maintenance free.
Sandra built her tiny shabby-chic retreat on a 14 acre farmstead by converting a 9ft by 14ft hunting cabin [VIDEO].

Shabby-chic tiny cabin
With some initial design support from Sigi Koko [ at Build Naturally, David spent seven years of evenings and weekends working on this straw bale house.

La Casa de Da'vid
It's several years now since this beautiful cob house was built and it's more beautiful than ever [NEW PICTURES].

Notchmaker's Cob Home in England
Pictured below Richard and Lewyn stand in front of their dry stone wall built using granite and slate. The stone tree is built in the Tatra mountains, part of the Carpathian mountain chain between Slovakia and Poland.

Van Gogh's Olive Tree.
This is a collection of hundreds of natural buildings all over the world. You can search by construction type and/or country. The thumbnail pictures will take you either to an article, facebook album or video about the building. If you have built naturally you can add your work to the collection too. Follow the simple instructions...