Few people would be able to say they’ve had a cave-style home. But this Spanish design could make that a reality.
This contemporary cave house, designed by EMMO Estudio, is part of the Cuevas del Pino estate, right in the foothills of Sierra Morena near Cordoba in Spain.
The area is rich in calcarenite stone, creating various geological formations, including caves. These traditionally have been used as shelters for livestock watchmen. Most recently, however, a number of these caves have been rehabilitated for rural housing.
Architects for this project, Andrés Moreno and Manuel Murillo said the pre-existing walls and the rock itself enclosed an area of ‘great spatial and material wealth.’
“Within this dialogue we have created a new spatial experience that manages to value the tectonic nature of the area through the use of new architectural elements – clean, quiet volumes, bright, ample spaces, the use of stone materials for the flooring, such as concrete and marble, and glass openings to the south to conjure natural light.”
The exterior of the 104 square-metre cave house has been painted white, designed to enhance the contrast and sense of space.
Handcrafted timber furniture was added for visual warmth.
What do you think? Does the look appeal to you? Would you live here?