Friday, September 30, 2011

The Truffle House

While we concentrate on fairly straightforward building techniques here on Shedworking, we also enjoy more unusual builds. Such as The Truffle House by Ensamble Studio inspired by Le Corbusier’s Cabanon. Located on a hilltop in Laxe, Spain, it was built by digging a hole, then filling it with concrete and hay, and covering it all over with earth for a long time. Then it was uncovered and Paulina the cow was let in to eat the hay, thus emptying a space in which to live and work (it's now fitted out with a kitchen, sink, bed and shower). Or as the architects put it: "The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends with the territory. It camouflages, by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the natural environment, complying with its laws."

Two videos below explain the process rather well (maybe keep the volume on your speakers down a bit though).

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