Andrés Moreno and Manuel Murillo, the designers of Spanish based architecture studio UMMO Estudio , created an extraordinary solution for preserving the tectonic beauties of Sierra Morena.
The exceptional Cuevas del Pino estate is set in the foothills of Sierra Morena, Spain. Part of it is our presented project, called Casa Tierra, which is located in the picturesque peripheral neighborhood of Villarrubia, Córdoba. The cave house can be found across a huge 3,000 m2 garden located within a 23-acre estate.
The hollows of the Spanish district carry not only architectural, but also deep historical values. “The product of these hollows in the rock emerged when livestock watchmen used them as small shelters,” the architects described. Today, the rehabilitated rural area provides housing and accommodation for visitors coming to experience various countryside activities and relaxation.
The actual building is etched into the slightly sloping strata of the hills, peacefully sitting in the calcarenite stone terrain. During the implementation process, the architects tried to preserve the natural structure of the hill, making the least possible impact on it.
“Both the pre-existing walls and the rock itself, enclosed and defined an area of great spatial and material wealth, and for this reason, we decided to focus the intervention toward a fluid and continuous dialogue between those pre-existing conditions and the new architecture, always from a respectful position seeking proximity rather than direct contact,” explained the architects. The building adapts to the existing form of the hollow, meanwhile the clean and quiet volumes form a dialogue between the land and the building. To enter the actual apartment, visitors have to follow a path to get to the entrance. Stepping into the breathtaking interior of the house, one finds themselves in front of an exceptionally designed comfortable home. The designers used stone materials for the flooring, such as marble and concrete, which is the base of the multifunctional polished concrete floor that acts as artificial stone. On the other hand, to counterbalance all the heavy materials wood furniture was used during the interior design process, giving the building a homey feel. The use of glass openings throughout the building allows the light to enter the house. The unique wide gap in the exterior located in the bedroom, which faces the east, lets the beautiful morning light shine through the whole interior.
The character of the whole building revolves around structure and natural formation. Visiting the estate, the guests experience a unique opportunity to enjoy the comfort of the surrounding raw nature inside and outside of the home.