February 13, 2018
This incredibly unique tiny home on the coastline of Cee, Spain is coined the "Truffle" —a delicacy in the architectural world. On first glance you would not think much of the home on the outside; concrete surrounding and rather stark looking. But once you step inside, you would not believe how this home was constructed!
Using a unique process developed by the team at Ensamble Studio, this home was created using dirt, concrete, hay, and cow—yes, a cow.
First, the team dug a large hole into a hill and filled it with a unique array of hay bales (which would ultimately become the interior space). Once positioned, they poured concrete around and over the hay to cover the gaps between the hay and the dirt.
Once the concrete had settled and dried, the team dug out the dirt surrounding the concrete, which left the dried concrete structure with the hay bales inside. They carved a large hole on the side of the structure (which would then become the window in the living room with a incredible view of the ocean), and brought a calf to meet its new home (temporarily at least).
The calf, sitting at a light weight and not well developed yet, ate through the hay over the course of a year and consumed about 1800 cubic feet worth, leaving the job site at a hefty 660lbs!
With the hay consumed, all that was left was the glorified structure that was sought after all along—an oddly-shaped concrete structure with an incredibly unique interior shape and space.
The Truffle, now complete, features most of the necessary amenities of any normal home (except a kitchen), just resembling a luxurious cave-men-like home. Inside, you will find a living room space, a bedroom with incredible views of the ocean, a bathroom with a toilet and shower, and even a fireplace!
This place is quite an impressive architectural feat and a MUST SEE below!
Images courtesy of ©Ensamble Studio.
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My name is Alan—founder at Dream Big Live Tiny Co! A few years ago, I quit my consulting job to pursue a life full of adventure. After traveling around the world for a year, I sold most of my stuff and moved into an 160-sqft tiny house. Now I spend most of my time showcasing incredible people living with less in pursuit of more freedom, as well as incredible tiny houses around the world!
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