Casa Terracota – Ceramic Architecture

Casa Terracota, a ceramic house, was built by Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza. It was made by sculpting the building out of clay then firing it in high temperature making it resistant to water, damage from earthquakes, as well as comfortably cool in hot climates.

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ct7According to the 64 year old architect the 5,400 sq. ft. house is ‘the biggest piece of pottery in the world.’ The house has coined a number of names for itself; Casa Terracota or Casa Barro (Spanish), while the locals prefer using the name Casa de Flintstone.  The house is located in Villa de Levya which is basically a colonial village in Colombia.

The exterior look of Casa Terracota is like a big mound of clay which ‘somewhat’ resembles a cottage if you’re trying to find a shape over here. The house is furthermore surrounded by farmland and the whole place comes with the backdrop of the mountains. Once you’re inside the rooms the walls blend into one another as if they were flowing and made out of a single mold.

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ct13Although it is known as the house of Flintstone in the neighborhood, it still has a number of modern features for its residents. You’ll find toilets and sinks covered with mosaic tiles which come in an array of colors. Solar panels have been incorporated for hot water and two floors with sleeping area along with lounge are made available.

Apart from these, the house comes with a fully functional kitchen that houses utensils made of clay. Beer mugs have been made from recycled glass while the lighting has been made available by employing scrap metal.

Mendoza started this project 14 years ago while claiming it as the ‘project for life’. The idea behind this exercise was to convey the message that the soil can be used to come up with feats of architecture that are habitable and feasible while only employing natural resources.

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The Casa Terracota doesn’t contain any steel or cement, it is a unique space, destined not only to embody and promote the builders philosophy but also to spark off architectural and artistic experimentation. This means that we are always encouraging the creation of alternative proposals for the use and decoration of its spaces with the help of the elements of nature.

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For more information see the architects website here.

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